How a hydrology engineer prepares for a flood

A lot of our efforts in dealing with climate change focus on warmer climate events like heatwaves and drought, but what happens when we have too much water?

Flooding presents challenges just as severe as other climate events, so having proper hydraulic systems in place to deal with them is crucial.

James Ball was one of the authors of Australian Rainfall and Runoff, the national guidelines document that is used to estimate design flood characteristics in Australia.

As a hydrology engineer, James says his work is in the same world as a scientist’s, but his tasks are a little more risk taking.


  • James Ball – Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney.

Producer: Jake Morcom.

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