Dr Teresa Ubide from UQ’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences warned of the instability of Bali’s Mount Agung volcano approximately 2 months before its eruption, citing increased frequency of tremors as evidence of rising magma.
After more than 1600 people died from Mt Agung’s last eruption in 1963, advances in seismic monitoring techniques allowed for extensive forewarning and evacuation procedures to be carried out, ensuring the predominant impact of the volcano was tourist inconvenience in the form of airport closures.
UQ’s eruption warning and an explanation of Volcanology can be found here.
UQ environmental scientists this year led research into the future of extreme South East Queensland flooding events, entitled The Big Flood project.
Along with compiling a history of the major flooding events since 1840, the research provided mitigation strategies to prevent the extent of damage attained in 2011, and the factors hindering the accuracy of future flood predictions.