PROPHET - the Brisbane City Council creek flood monitoring and forecasting system

A flood monitoring and forecasting system has been developed by the Brisbane City Council for use with event based radio telemetry field stations. The development of this type of system, commonly known as ALERT, was pioneered in the United States to minimise the effects of flash flooding. The technology was successfully introduced into Australia by the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology which have implemented many of these systems, some in association with local authorities. It was found, however, that the ALERT software methodologies and interfaces developed to manage such systems did not fully meet local requirements, particularly in interrogation procedures for non-specialist users or in flood forecasting procedures for specialist users. Accordingly, a system called PROPHET, was developed with these requirements in mind. The system is now operational for the City's largest creek system, Oxley Creek. It has been designed to function either as a single node or to operate across an ethernet network within the Council. Network access provides readily available flood information to the Council's flood emergency and maintenance staff, and to State Emergency Service personnel. Flood forecasting capability is also provided for forecasting specialists. The presentation, data analysis and flood forecasting developments of this new system represent significant advances over existing systems. Although only available from early 1991, it is currently in use by seven water authorities around the country.


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  • Pagination: 1-7
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 93/5

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  • Accession Number: 01433809
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0858255758
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 5:54PM