Brisbane 2016: annual conference
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Two case studies from the north and south Australia examine how science is being used to change how we anticiate and mitigate natural hazards illustraate some common opportunities and challenges
This project is leveraging current initiatives, programs and research on prevention and preparedness by providing complementary research on the impact of animals on response and recovery, both for the community and responders.
The main objective of this research is to identify cost-effective strategies to mitigate damage to residential buildings from riverine floods.
Emergency responders (ERS) have identified horse owners and horses as a priority in animal emergency management.
This project is investigating, at the national level, the economic impact of natural disasters on sectoral growth of the Australian economy.
This study is developing best practice methods for preparedness and response practices in a bushfire, with the aim of enhancing community well-being and safety.
It is important to assess the vulnerability of bridges in an extreme flood event as these critical infrastructures contribute to the resilience of the community during and in the recovery stage of the event.
This project is developing better predictions and forecasts for extreme water levels arising from storm surges, surface waves, continental shelf waves, meteorological tsunamis, mean sea level rise and the transition from tropical to extra-tropical cyclones.
Testing the elements of optimal emergency warnings: Some insights from 10 focus groups and 77 experiments of 3615 Australians
The research is focused on the assessment of the vulnerability of a concrete u-slab bridge as a bridge type widely used in australia and simulation of the structure exposed to the different flood intensities and its consequent log impact.
This project will produce probabilistic assessments of coastal erosion and inundation risks associated with storm surge, particularly for events that are clustered in time
Developing hazard mitigation strategies through more efficient dynamic assessment of exposure by making the calibration of land use models automatic.
Focus of this research is to assess the performance of existing composite steel girder bridges to most rational bushfire (bf) and hydrocarbon (hc) fire events.
There is a significant need to perform adequate assessment of the vulnerability of bridges and bridge networks prior to future flood events in Australia.
The project has moved its focus from spatial mapping towards insitutional mapping to support strategic decision making surrounding prevention, preparedness, recovery and resilience using a multi-value approach.
This project has three main research streams that are:
•Providing enhanced methods of making decisions;
•Developing methods to better monitor and modify the behavior of teams
•Identifying the enablers and barriers to organizational learning
This project will identify the data requirements and modelling framework to derive exposure information to enable a better understanding of the vulnerability of people, buildings and infrastructure.
This project is measuring and gaining a greater understanding of the impacts of natural hazards in terms of the toll of human life, injuries and building damage in order to provide an evidence base for emergency management policy and practice.
This poster introduces a rapid seismic assessment method for reinforced concrete buildings in regions of low to moderate seismicity such as Australia.
These various projects are looking at firefighter health and safety, particularly looking at the effects of sleep and stress on operationaly readiness.
Poor performance has been exhibited by lightly reinforced concrete walls in past earthquake events, including single-crack failures from a large concentration of plasticity occurring over a short height at the wall base.
The aim of this research was to examine the relationship between firefighters’ sleep, physical activity, and physical task performance during real and simulated bushfire suppression.
The project applies ecological-economic methods to help build the resilience and sustainability of remote Indigenous communities across northern Australia.
This study will improve our knowledge of the prevalence of mental health disorders amongst Australian volunteer and career firefighters, as well as our understanding of the range of factors contributing to better and worse mental health outcomes.
This project is about what went right –a disaster where the whole community responded in exactly the right way, at the right time saving tens of thousands of lives.
This study investigated the retention of Key Fire Safety Messages (KFSM) by students and their parents following exposure to the Tasmanian Fire Service’s school fire education program.
Waanyi-Garawa rangers in the remote south-west gulf of carpentaria have long awaited inclusion of women in their highly successful fire abatement program.
The Australian natural disaster resilience index (ANDRI) will assess the state of disaster resilience in Australia.
Child-centred disaster risk reduction (CC-DRR) is a flexible, rights-based, innovative approach to disaster risk reduction (DRR) combining child-focused (for the children) and child-led (by the children) activities involving children, families, communities, non governmental organisations, emergency management agencies and governments (UNICEF, 2014; PLANUK, 2010; Save the Children, 2007).
Can children be agents of change through school-based education?
The study of historical occurrences of natural disasters only provides a very limited view of the full range of risk Australia is exposed to.
This study utilises the advanced research version of the weather research and forecasting (WRF-ARW) model to investigate topographic influences on track and intensity of tropical cyclone ita (2014).
Operational fire models rely on wind reduction factors to relate the standard meteorological measured or forecast wind speed to the flame-height wind speeds within a tree canopy.
This project aims to better describe the nature of bushfires, especially very severe ones, and the effect of land-use planning responses in reducing bushfire risk across a wide range of values and assets.
Bushfire management involves making decisions about complex issues that involve people, communities, stakeholders and organisations with many different perceptions and objectives.
A key problem in wildfire modelling is how to capture dynamic fire behaviour in models suitable for operational use.
With the emergence of ensemble-based fire modelling, it is necessary to recast wind fields in probabilistic terms
DELWP is trialing the use of a statewide network of in-situ fuel moisture sensors to provide real-time online fuel moisture information for planned burning
The bushfire behaviour and management group of the University of Melbourne is conducting a project to identify the thresholds beyond which dynamic fire behaviour becomes a dominant factor and determine the combination of conditions for such behaviours to occur.
Providing mapping tools from detailed research, modelling and analysis of the occurrence and effects of fire in savanna landscapes in northern Australia to assist with fire management
To describe the actual and potential costs and benefits of bushfire preparedness and response operations through the assessment of specific Victorian case studies
This PhD research aims to develop and assess methods, using stereo satellite imagery and laser scanning data, to extract 3d tree structural parameters for the accurately estimating biomass / carbon stocks in NT mesic savannas.
This project focuses on improving the capability of land managers to use prescribed fire to reduce fuel loads, while at the same time mitigating the risks of loss of water yield and carbon sequestration capacity.
Current methods of fire detection using remote sensing rely on contextual algorithms to characterise fire.
This research project will analyse the relationships among bushfires and prescribed fires, soil carbon, forested catchments and water quality.
This project will investigate the impacts of land use types on river water quality during base-flow and storm-flow conditions for areas subjected to bushfires in Victoria.
This project will deliver a prescribed burning atlas to guide implementation of ‘tailor-made’ prescribed burning strategies to suit the biophysical, climatic and human context of all bioregions across southern Australia
This research introduces model input data reduction using the discrete wavelet transform to the hydrological sciences.
This project provides a comprehensive benchmark that will underpin the ability to manage the impacts of extreme water levels on coastal regions at local, regional and national scales.