Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Storm a Lesson for Coast

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Storm a Lesson for Coast

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

SCIENTISTS at the University of the Sunshine Coast say we have much to learn from the extreme weather event that has smashed heavily populated areas of the United States' east coast.

Former naval meteorologist and civil engineer Adrian McCallum said the weather system and its impact on infrastructure would be amazing to analyse and something we could learn from.

He is using the combined benefits of his professional disciplines to study the future implications of climate change on infrastructure and the way we plan.

aIt's fortunate we haven't had a storm of this severity in heavily populated areas,'' Mr McCallum said.

aIt would be interesting to do some scenario planning and sit politicians and bureaucrats down and consider responses.''

Mr McCallum said the potential for similar storms in South-East Queensland and even further south could not be discounted.

He pointed out that the system which reached latitude 40 degrees north in the United States was at similar reversed latitude to Bass Strait. …

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