Freight transport following an extreme rainfall event

Tierney, Daniel Robert (2006) Freight transport following an extreme rainfall event. [USQ Project]


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The Cairns region of North Queensland is subject to tropical cyclones and the
associated torrential rains which may accompany such events. The result of this
torrential rain is that the transport links into and out of Cairns are frequently closed
preventing the movement of freight along normal routes.
This report has been undertaken with two main focuses: Firstly this report has
reviewed rainfall data to determine what, if any, impact the greenhouse effect will
have, and secondly this report has identified and reviewed freight management plans
for both emergency and general freight.
The results of the investigation into the greenhouse effect have determined that there
is expected to be an increase in extreme precipitation and flooding if steps are not
taken to address the greenhouse effect. For the study area of Cairns, it is estimated
that this increase in rainfall will equate to approximately 4mm/day in 2026
The results of the investigation into the current planning has determined that while
there is adequate high level planning, particularly for counter disaster situations (i.e
cyclones), there is a no planning at the low level developed by freight operators who
have the responsibility to manage their own freight. As such this report has developed
a list of objectives and recommendations to assist with the development of freight
In addition to these objectives and recommendations, this report has presented a
wealth of information on transport links within the Cairns area covering the threats
imposed by extreme rainfall events. It should be noted that the key to the successful
development of any freight plans, is the consultation process which requires advice
from many different professionals.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:02
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: freight transport; rainfall; weather; Cairns; cyclone Larry
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090507 Transport Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400512 Transport engineering

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