Data Collective

Building a trusted system for resilience data

Regrowth Appears In Bushland Following Fires

New growth is seen in bushland in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia – February 29, 2020. Photo Credit: Nathan Edwards via Getty Images.

Introduction

Our goal is to have one common system for sharing significant national and global resilience data to support decision making and action.

There is a wealth of data and knowledge available collectively across the disaster response, emergency management, research and public and private sectors of the ecosystem which is spread across multiple jurisdictions and private sector stakeholders. It creates a fragmented view of national capabilities and impact. It is imperative that we transform that data and knowledge into trusted information and insights that we can collectively leverage and act on to address future hazards.

Data-sharing models, such as those currently used by the Australian government, could be translated to facilitate information-sharing across private-public partnerships, through promoting the reuse of data, building trust, and engaging communities, while increasing the availability and transparency of data.

Our approach

The creation of a resilience data collective is a way to bring together disparate, but related data sets to enable stakeholders. None exist for the purpose of investing in disaster resilience.

Creating a public–private partnership to enable data sharing across jurisdictional boundaries while maintaining the commercial interests of industry stakeholders and the privacy/security and integrity of public data is a high value opportunity. There is a tremendous amount of value potential to be created by bringing data custodians across the ecosystem together to combine related, but currently disparate datasets.

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Kookaburras in a tree, inland from Port Macquarie, NSW Australia. Photo Credit: Fire & Flood Resilience Team.

Our goal is to develop:

Data Standards

An ecosystem of partners sharing standardised and relevant high value data into the commons.

Data Sharing

A community of data analysis and reporting capabilities to inform decision making for enhanced fire and flood preparedness, response, recovery, and overall resilience.

Technology Solutions

A shared secure infrastructure that supports data collection and coordinated rapid response across organisations and jurisdictions.

Hazard

In the next decade, summer fires are expected to be nearly twice as frequent as in the past decade, significantly increasing fire hazard. Some regions, including the south-east, will see their fire hazard double by 2050. Major rainfall disruptions (including floods) are expected to become 56 per cent more frequent in Australia over the same period.

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Exposure

Preliminary analysis suggests that around one-third of Australia is expected to be exposed to increased fire hazard over the next decade, with a significant increase in exposure in highly populated areas in south-east Australia, among others. A changing climate is also expected to increase exposure of Australian communities to coastal flooding, as well as flooding from storms and high rainfall events. For example, in the next decade, some regions in south-east Queensland are expected to experience a 75 per cent increase in the number of residential buildings exposed to flooding from storms and high rainfall events, with damage costs almost doubling.

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Vulnerability

Areas with above-average hazard risk are also some of the most populous areas in Australia. Preliminary analysis indicates these areas contribute 65 per cent of Australia’s GDP, contain 70 per cent of Australia’s critical institutions and around half of Australia’s critical infrastructure, and are home to 21 million people as well as precious Indigenous and natural assets. This makes them vulnerable to adverse impacts from hazard, and investments in resilience will be critical to limiting this vulnerability.

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“AustCyber is proud to partner with Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative. As we move to more data driven decision support systems, we need to ensure the resilience of those systems and take the opportunity to support deeper community understanding of the link between trusted data and cyber-physical resilience. AustCyber and our national network of leading cyber security companies stand ready to help with the next stage of this critically important initiative.”

Michelle Price
Chief Executive Officer, AustCyber

“Geoscience Australia supports the data driven approach of Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative to enable an understanding of where targeted investment will deliver the best outcomes for lifting Australia’s resilience. We look forward to continuing to work with Minderoo Foundation on this important initiative.”

Leesa Carson
Branch Head, Community Safety, Geoscience Australia

“Risk Frontiers applauds the release of Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience Blueprint and Missions. We are strong believers in the power of data for decision making and for identifying risks along with the variables and interventions that can mitigate risk. The collaborative work to develop a resilience data commons in partnership with others will provide important insights to prioritise time and investments to lift national resilience.”

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