About the centre

Floods have killed millions of people around the world over the last century, devastating lives, land and communities. The National Centre for Flood Research was established in 2018 at Southern Cross University and brings together experts in world-class research institutions, with well-established research capability in water management, health sciences, planning, hydrology, hydrogeology and hydraulics, hydrometeorology, land cover and floodplain science and policy, climate change and civil engineering.

A graph showing the global importance of floodsLocated in a region of Australia where flooding is a regular occurrence, Southern Cross University is providing leadership for this initiative to better understand floods, based on our 'above world standard' ranking by the Australian Research Council in disciplines such as:

  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Forestry Science
  • Earth science
  • Medical and health sciences
  • Soil science
  • Fisheries science
  • Civil engineering
  • Crop and pasture production
  • Agriculture and veterinary sciences
  • Geochemistry
  • Ecology.

All of these disciplines are highly relevant to a better, more holistic understanding of floods, their impacts and their causes. 

Mission Statement

Working with partners, our aim is to reduce the economic, social and ecological impact of flooding, through the application of best available knowledge from the social, environmental and engineering sciences.


In partnership with the University of New South Wales and the Office of Environment & Heritage.

Photo credits: Rous County Council, Mitch Kirby, Caroline Sullivan 

Contact the Centre T: +61 2 6620 3650 |  E: floodresearch@scu.edu.au

Understanding floods

Our people

Flood glossary