Webinar: How wrong is your flood model?

All models are wrong to some degree. If so, how wrong is the model and how do we as an industry quantify wrong? Where is the evidence base that a model is right?

When is a flood model right and when is it wrong? Hydraulic models may produce impressive flood maps and animations, but they are all wrong! Behind the maps and animations, are varying degrees of uncertainty attributable to: accuracy of the input data; hydrologic modelling uncertainties; degree of model calibration; validity of adopted parameters; model discretisation; and computational accuracy

Modellers and stakeholders need to appreciate the uncertainties associated with their flood modelling to ensure it is fit-for-purpose, used appropriately and is producing reliable and defendable results. Knowledge is key, and without a solid understanding of the modelling uncertainties, informed decisions are difficult. The webinar presents examples and discusses: when and where different modelling solutions are applicable; new developments in advancing the computational solution; the fundamental importance of calibration and sensitivity testing; and why one model may produce different results to another.

Date: Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Time: 2:00pm (Australia/Sydney; find your local time)

Format: Presentation, Discussion + Q&A (up to 60mins)

Cost: Free

Chair: Trevor Pillar, National Partnerships Manager

Resources: Webcasts and other documents will be available here

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Bill Syme


Bill has over 30 years’ experience working on riverine, estuarine and coastal studies, of which most have been in the flood hydraulics field.  During this time, he has successfully managed and led ... Read more