Dr Peter Coombes from Urban Water Cycle Solutions continues his role as the Chief Scientist at the Office of Living Victoria. He is currently working on delivering analysis and a report on the Systems Economics for the Ballarat region for the Living Ballarat project, the Living Ballarat Systems Framework and an enhanced version of the Greater Melbourne Systems Framework. These outputs continue to make strong contributions to the implementation of the Living Victoria policy.
Is zero afflux the question or answer to better flooding outcomes?
Presentation by Peter J Coombes and Andrew Allan at HWRS 2022: Is zero afflux the real challenge or solution for better flood management? It is vitally important to establish science and legally based rules for fair administration of the objectives and exploration of options that respond to flood risks. Otherwise, there will be a substantial administrative burden for marginal benefit. Our professionals and agencies need to be prepared for a different and challenging future, and our methods need to be fit for purpose from a whole of society perspective.