Northern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2015
This Hazard Note details the Northern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2015.
SES volunteers performing a rescue in bushland. Photo by ACT SES.
Hazard Note 006 an overview of the Sustainable volunteering cluster of Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research projects.
Chair of the AFAC15 conference committee Chris Beattie (SA SES) launches the 2015 program
New venues in Adelaide will hold the annual Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC conference in the first week of September.
Large bushfires have the potential to alter the atmosphere and local weather. This project aims to further develop the understanding of how this occurs.
Excessive amounts of heat and moisture generated by large bushfires can affect the surrounding atmosphere, changing wind speed and creating pyroconvective (thunderstorm) clouds. These in turn can profoundly change the way a bushfire behaves. Researchers are starting to incorporate these vital elements into operational fire behaviour models.
Many buildings built before the mid-1980s are vulnerable to severe wind, with Cyclone Larry wreaking havoc on Innisfail in Queensland in 2006.
How can we ensure our houses can withstand the rigours of severe winds? New research by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is investigating the most practical ways of retrofitting older homes to withstand severe wind, and has its origins in Cyclone Tracy’s aftermath.
Conference registrations are now open
Registrations are now open for the 2015 Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC annual conference, this year taking place in Adelaide from 1-4 September. Book before June 26 to take advantage of the earlybird discount.

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