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Research Driving Change by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Date
04 Jul 2017

Showcase 2017 - Research Driving Change

Research Driving Change – Showcase 2017 was a special event that showcased the research achievements to date of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. Nearly 200 people from across emergency management and policy gathered in Adelaide on 4-5 July to listen, discuss and digest the learnings from across the whole research program.

Research Driving Change – Showcase 2017 was an opportunity to listen, discuss and digest the learnings from across the whole research program. The event highlighted how the findings are being put into practice across the sector, with end-users speaking about what works in directing research and how to make it easier to absorb the findings into operations and policy.

The event celebrated the achievements and reaffirmed the goals that will take us through the next four years of national research into natural hazards.

All attendees took home a package of publications that summarise the key findings of each project and point to ongoing ways of participation in utilisation. 

Some of the original projects have finalised their research, while many others are set to begin the next stage of the science. But that is not the end of the story, as researchers and partners continue to work together on making sure the outputs are making a difference in natural hazards management.

New projects have have just began, taking the research program into exciting new directions, building upon the work done in recent years. These include research into catastrophic event planning, land use planning, flood risk communication, predicting impacts on the built environment along the coast, diversity and wellbeing in emergency services, and mental health. 

The event was possible thanks to the support from the Attorney-General's Department and the University of Adelaide.

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Experimental investigation of junction fire dynamics, with and without wind

Junction fires occur when two oblique fire lines intersect with one another. The interaction of the two fire lines means that junction fires can exhibit unexpected fire behaviour, with enhanced rates of spread in the vicinity of the junction point. Quantifying these interactions is essential for the development of next generation fire spread models, which will allow prediction of dynamic fire propagation.

Improving resilience to storm surge hazards: assessing risk through wave simulations, shoreline modelling and field observations

This research aims to produce probabilistic assessments of the coastal erosion and inundation risks associated with storms, particularly for coincident or clustered events, thereby helping to strengthen the resilience of coastal communities.

Appreciating the whole picture: including intangible values in decision making

Natural Hazards impact many things that people value: life, health, amenity, safety, recreation and the environment. Quanfiying the impact of natural hazards on these intagible things is not easy. But if we do not include them, we are missing a big part of the picture.

Incorporation of spotting and fire dynamics in a coupled atmosphere - fire modelling framework

This project focuses on looking for ways to improve operational fire-spread modelling by looking for computationally cheap techniques to model dynamic fire spread, and by the incorporation of spotting.

Identifying risk thresholds in coastal communities to inform adaptation planning

The impact of changing coastal inundation hazards to people and property becomes increasingly uncertain across multi-decadal timeframes. Identifying 'thresholds' can better inform long-term coastal adaptation planning at local, state and national scales.

Measuring social, environmental and economic consequences of road structure failure due to natural disasters

Road infrastructure plays an important role after a disaster and is a vital factor influencing recovery and reconstruction activities. This project aims to develop a framework to measure social, environmental and economic consequences of disaster related road failure, which will help to understand the wider impacts of road failure in a post-disaster context.

Natural Hazards Exposure Information Framework - a step towards national consistency

Exposure information comprises the details needed to support various phases and all levels of governance in disaster management. There is a wide variety of fundamental data required for end users and also analysts to enable informed decision making.

Simulated rate-of-spread of a grassfire propagating under a tree canopy
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  • The presence of a tree canopy effects the wind speed, which in turn effects the rate-of-spread of a fire.
  • From the simulated data we extract the average sub-canopy wind speeds in the absence of a fire and measure the rate-of-spread of a fire.
  • This is the first step to testing the wind-reduction factor approach used in current operational models.
An evaluation of youth justice conferencing for youth misuse of fire

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Diversity and inclusion: building strength and capability

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Performance analysis of composite steel girder bridge structural elements subjected to bushfires

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Access-fire: Australia's coupled fire-atmosphere model

Some bushfires exhibit extreme behaviour that exceeds the bounds of existing predictive guides. Coupling between the fire and the atmosphere has been invoked as a cause of such unexpected behaviour. Events of this type are uncommon and cannot be investigated by conventional field experiments. This modelling project allows complex interactions between a fire and the atmosphere to be studied, potentially providing physically-based explanations that will lead to more reliable predictions and reduced risk to firefighters and the community.

Comprehensive school safety: developing a participatory approach to school bushfire risk management

Within the Australian school setting there is currently no nationally coordinated approach to the teaching of disaster resilience education and the delivery of student focused and participatory disaster risk reduction programs.

Ensemble prediction of the East Coast Low of April 2015

Between 20-23 April 2015 the eastern coast of Australia was affected by a low-pressure system, known as an east coast low, which brought flooding, damaging winds and coastal erosion. This study utilises ensemble simulations to get a better understanding of the dynamics of this event, as well as its predictability. This is important for both forecasters and emergency services.

Impact forecasting: what does the forecast mean?

This project will develop a pilot capability to predict impacts of extreme wind and rainfall on the built environment with the goal of improving timely mitigating actions by a wide range of stakeholders. This pilot project will initially focus on east coast low events that often severely impact the subtropical east coast of Australia via a range of hazards including high wind and rain.

Seismic vulnerability assessment of irregular reinforced concrete buildings in Australia

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Thermodynamics of pyrocumulus formation

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Teacher-delivered child-centred disaster resilient education program for children

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Cost-effective mitigation strategy for earthquake risk

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Statistical characterisation of wind fields over complex terrain for bushfire modelling

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What is missing in disaster resilience education evaluations?

There is a real need in disaster resilience education for a more complete evaluation process by researchers and practitioners. The majority of evaluations have relied on knowledge retention being recapitulated in an interview or survey situation and not applied as many of these messages are intended. The focus of evaluations of disaster resilience education programs has been to assess the knowledge transfer to participants, but often neglects the skill development and application as well as changes in behaviour, in particular long term choices.

Reliability analysis of damage accumulation in bridge structures subjected to multiple earthquakes in Australia

Although Australia is not located in a high seismic region, the damage accumulation caused by multiple earthquake impacts could still have a significant impact on the service life of bridges. In this study, a reliability‐based assessment framework is presented to quantify the damage accumulation of the bridges caused by multiple earthquakes and progressive deterioration throughout their service life.

Productivity of firefighting resources on large bushfires

This project will seek to answer the following questions:

  • What are the productivity rates of different types of firefighting resource that work on large fires?
  • How do the productivity rates for large fires compare with existing initial attack productivity rates?
  • To what degree do environmental factors, such as weather and topography impact resource productivity?
Disaster resilience education: a practice framework for Australian emergency management agencies

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Seismic assessment and design philosophy of reinforced concrete walls in Australia

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Remote sensing of fire severity in the 2013 Dunalley fire, Tasmania
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Wind induces internal pressures in industrial buildings

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The diurnal cycle and its role in fire detection using Himawari-8

Accurately estimating background temperatures is vital for identifying fire using remote sensing. New temporal-based methods for temperature estimation are harnessing the increased stream of imagery from new satellite sensors to improve our understanding of the diurnal cycle of the landscape.

Disruption of critical infrastructure during natural disasters

Can graph theory techniques help with emergency response and optimal lifeline network recovery?

Realistic disaster scenario analysis: North QLD cyclone

A modified severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia (2015) landfall event was generated. The modified case study creates a worse case wind and flood scenario for the town of Yeppoon, Queensland, with additional wind and flood impacts to residentia, commercial and industrial buildings than experienced during the event.

Fuels3D: what's the point?

The Fuels3D app provides a low cost data collection method for estimating fuel hazard metrics. Testing of the app has demonstrated that it provides significantly greater repeatability and improved quantification of metrics than visual assessments.

An analysis of human fatalities and building losses from natural disasters in Australia

Who is most at risk? Why? What are they doing? How have vulnerability and exposure trends changed over time? What can we learn about the circumstances of these deaths? This information will assist agencies with planning, resourcing and community education. 

Air permeability of the litter layer in temperate forests of south-east Australia

Fuel on the ground, such as leaves, twigs and decomposing matter, accumulate over time and account for a large percentage of the total fuel load in forests. The air permeability of the litter layer is a critical factor that influences fire behaviour because the aire permeavility controls the amount of oxygen available for the combustion in the fuel bed.

Variability of soil moisture proxies and hot days across the climate regimes of Australia

Extreme temperature and deficits in soil moisture provide ideal conditions for bushfires. The mechanisms and strength of this relationship vary significantly depending on energy partitioning and climate within a region. This study investigates the relationship between the number of hot days and four soil moisture proxies across the climate regimes of Australia

Risk modelling as a tool to support natural hazard risk management in New Zealand local government

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Gaining benefits from adversity: standardising data obtained from bushfires

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The Australian Flammability Monitoring System

The first national-scale, pre-operational, near-real time live fuel moisture content and flammability monitoring system for Australia.

Tomorrow’s disasters - foresight principles, risk assessment and treatment

When plans have an over-reliance on what happened in the past, the risk is that one misses the potential for a future that is different, unseen, and unimaginable. Hindsight, learning the lessons of the past, is necessary, but planning should be driven also by imagination and foresight. Are we planning for the next fire? Or are we planning for the next 'firestorm'? What do we think that will look like? In this setting, the greatest failure may well be the failure to imagine.

The Savanna Monitoring & Evaluation Reporting Framework (SMERF)

The work undertaken through the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is part of a savanna-wide program of mostly web based fire mapping and related information to assist land managers with fire planning across very large tracts of land. We are developiuung the Savanna Monitoring & Evaluation Reporting Framework (SMERF) to provide easy to use, flexible, but sophisticated reports.

Improved measures and forecasts of soil dryness

New approaches are available to calculate soil dryness more accurately through the use of satellite remote sensing measurements, land surface modelling and data analysis techniques.

UNHaRMED: Unified Natural Hazard Risk Mitigation Exploratory Decision Support System

UNHaRMED is a spatial decision support system (DSS) for planners and policy makers to assist in the reduction of risk from multiple natural hazards, transforming planning risk reduction in Australia.

Empirical analysis of spot‐fire and firebrand behaviour during extreme fire weather conditions

Occurence of spot-fires is very difficult to obserfve and predict, especially in extreme bushfires. Interrogating 15 years worth of bushfire line-scans can help to predict this phenomenon accurately.

Improving predictions of extreme sea levels around Australia

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Evaluating future risk & mitigation strategies: (semi) automatic calibration of dynamic exposure models

Effective risk mitigation strategies must be designed for long-term resiliency across a range of potential future scenarios. This requires efficient application, particularly by inexperienced users, of dynamic exposure models.

Water flow pressure changes on circular and square bridge piers under increasing velocity floods

Resistance to flood is a critical parameter affecting the design of the bridges. Typical design process would convert the flood loading in to a static force which can not reflect the full effect of flood loading on piers of different shape. Therefore it is important to investigate the effect of flood loading on piers of different shape. This work simulates the flooding effect on the piers using a finite volume method in ANSYS Fluent. The pier is modelled as a column with a square cross section or a circular cross section.

Contributions of digital volunteering to community resilience

Adoption of location-based information sharing technologies and the emergence of digital volunteering has seen changes to community involvement in disaster management. We examine how geoweb 2.0 platforms, including crowd mapping and social media, can support elements of resilience building, and how these practices potentially undermine resilience.

Cost-effective mitigation strategy for flood prone buildings

The main objective of this research is to develop cost-effective strategies to mitigate damage to residential buildings from riverine floods. The research will provide evidence-based retrofit strategies for decisions concerning the buildings with the greatest vulnerability in Australian communities.

Strategies for non-traditional emergency volunteers

A risk-benefit framework has been designed to assist decision-makers in emergency management organisations (EMOs) consider potential benefits and risks of six strategic options for ‘non-traditional’ emergency volunteers in response and recovery phases.

Social media in emergencies: an examination of government accountability for risk communication and warning

Under what circumstances is it likely that a statutory authority within the emergency management sector will be held to be legally accountable for warning or failing to warn, including when using social media?

Navigating a bushfire disaster: 'ways of knowing'

This study aims to understand a community's experience of the 2013 Forcett bushfire disaster in southeast Tasmania.

Scientific knowledge Q and A

Scientific knowledge is not an objective 'truth' that provides answers for risk mitigation. Many other knowledge sources are required, including how scientific knowledge is used and contested by diverse groups in society.

Improving  the retention and engagement of volunteers in the emergency service agencies

Volunteers were surveyed to identify the dominant and shared values of volunteers in the NSW SES and SA SES followed by participatory action research with units in the NSW SES. The findings have implications for all facets of volunteer engagement in the emergency service sector, including targeted recruitment, tailored training, differentiated management strategies, new models of engagement, and the alignment of organisational and personal values.

Policy transfer: between countries, between disciplines

Flooding is Australia's most expensive natural hazard. Climate change scenarios predict increasing flood intensity and frequency. This potentially exposes Australia to greater damages in the future, making flood management key to improving adaptive capacity. This research explores whether ‘resilience’ strategies will result in outcomes that are truly adaptive.

Valuing volunteers study

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Australian emergency services and constitute a unique skilled workforce that provides an essential public service. A number of emergency services have experienced annual volunteer turnover exceeding 20%, with major financial and capability implications. The research is seeking to better understand the primary motives for volunteering in Australian emergency services, and to determine what role the alignment of individual, unit and corporate values plays in volunteer satisfaction and turnover.

Decision making, team monitoring & organisational learning: 2017 update

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Policy reforms should ease shared disaster onus

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Improving our knowledge of the mental health and wellbeing of firefighters

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Simulating the effectiveness of prescribed burning at altering wildfire behaviour in Tasmania

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Improving flood forecast skill using remote sensing data: model/remote sensing data fusion

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Assessing the impact of fire using soil and pyrolisis-GC-MS

Soil organic matter has strong effects on soil properties such as water holding capacity, soil structure and stability, nutrient availability and cation exchange capacity. Bushfire can change these properties depending on intensity and duration of heating. Pyrolysis coupled to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (pyr-GC-MS) is a novel technique that can been used for soil characterisation.

Flood damage assessment in urban areas

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From hectares to tailor-made solutions for prescribed burning

How does prescribed burning effectiveness in mitigating risk depend on the diverse and changing biophysical, climatic and human context of southern Australia?

Experimental testing of residential building materials exposed to inundation

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Water quality modelling with eWater source in Latrobe Catchment, Victoria

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Collapse risk assessment of strengthened concrete bridge pier under flood loads

A  fluid structure interaction using particle finite element method for the full scale reinforced concrete bridge is built to simulate the deformations of bridge piers under flood loads. The critical pier will then be tested using 6-degree of freedom system, from which the finite element model of bridge model will be calibrated. Fragillity assessment of bridge pier before and after strengthening will be performed to study the effectiveness of strengthening for enhancing the resilience of bridges under flood loads.

Factors affecting long term community recovery

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Type Title Credited author Credited author/s NON-CRC
Presentation-Audio-Video Research Driving Change - Showcase 2017
Presentation-Slideshow Showcase 2017 welcome & launch of National Research Priorities Richard Thornton
Presentation-Slideshow Three Minute Thesis: teacher-delivered child-centred disaster resilience education program for children Mayeda Rashid
Presentation-Slideshow Lightning presentation: impact-based forecasting Jane Sexton
Presentation-Slideshow Three Minute Thesis: attribution of active fire using simulated fire landscapes Bryan Hally
Presentation-Audio-Video Research Driving Change by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
Presentation-Slideshow Enhancing capability in emergency management Heather Stuart, Chris Bearman Mark Thomason
Presentation-Audio-Video Coupled fire-atmosphere modelling - Dr Lachie McCaw Lachlan McCaw
Presentation-Slideshow Lightning presentation: diversity and inclusion Celeste Young, Bruce Rasmussen
Presentation-Audio-Video Building bushfire predictive services capability - Simon Heemstra Simon Heemstra
Presentation-Slideshow Three Minute Thesis: progressive failures under wind loading Korah Parackal
Presentation-Slideshow Lightning presentation: planning and capability requirements for catastrophic and cascading events Andrew Gissing, Matalena Tofa, Katharine Haynes, Michael Eburn
Presentation-Audio-Video Improving decision-making in complex multi-team environments case study - Jeremy Smith Jeremy Smith
Presentation-Slideshow Three Minute Thesis: social media in emergencies, an examination of government accountability for risk communication and warning Melanie Baker-Jones
Presentation-Slideshow Lightning presentation: promoting mental health and wellbeing in the emergency services setting Rob Heaslip
Presentation-Audio-Video Decision support system for optimal natural hazard mitigation - Alen Slijepcevic Alen Slijepcevic
Presentation-Slideshow Three Minute Thesis: becoming fire-fit without really noticing Rachel Westcott
Presentation-Slideshow Lightning presentation: integrated urban planning for natural hazard mitigation Alan March
Presentation-Slideshow Towards a safer built environment Mark Edwards, Elliott Simmons Paul Martin; Jon Harwood
Presentation-Slideshow Lightning presentation: Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction 2015-2030 Jessica Raine
Presentation-Slideshow Communicating and warning: getting the message across more effectively Andrew Richards, Andrew Gissing, Tony Jarrett, Kevin Ronan, Fiona Dunstan, Vivienne Tippett, Mel Taylor Julie Fiedler
Presentation-Slideshow Lightning presentation: the Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index Melissa Parsons
Presentation-Slideshow Building community resilience in remote north Australia Stephen Sutton, Suellen Flint, Naomi Stephens
Presentation-Slideshow Three Minute Thesis: flood management in a changing climate Caroline Wenger
Presentation-Slideshow Lightning presentation: hazards, culture and indigenous communities Timothy Neale, Jessica Weir
Presentation-Slideshow Three Minute Thesis: disruption of critical infrastructure during natural disasters Emma Singh
Presentation-Slideshow Lightning presentation: factors affecting long-term community recovery Kate Brady
Presentation-Slideshow Three Minute Thesis: disaster resilience policy Sue Hunt
Presentation-Slideshow Building bushfire predictive services capability Stuart Matthews, John Bally, Adam Leavesley, Simeon Telfer, Khalid Moinuddin, Jason Sharples, Jeff Kepert, Mika Peace David Pearce; Alex Filkov
Presentation-Slideshow Understanding the value and challenges of risk mitigation Ed Pikusa, Celeste Young, John Schauble, Fiona Gibson, Tim Groves, Graeme Riddell, Mike Wouters Richard Pieper
Presentation-Slideshow Lightning presentation: after the fire: learning from experience Anthony Clark
Presentation-Slideshow Water, water everywhere: living with flood and coastal threats Miriam Middelmann-Fernandes, Robert Schwartz, James Guy, Yuan Li
Presentation-Slideshow Lightning presentation: bushfire and emergency risk management research projects Hamish Webb
Presentation-Slideshow Lightning presentation: enabling sustainable emergency volunteering - why and for what outcomes? Blythe McLennan
Presentation-Slideshow Three Minute Thesis: Youth Justice Conferencing for youth misuse of fire Kamarah Pooley
Presentation-Slideshow Lightning presentation: improved predictions of severe weather Jeff Kepert
Presentation-Audio-Video Research Driving Change - Showcase 2017 (short version)

A Three Minute Thesis presentation by Korah Parackal on his PhD research project, 'An analytical technique for determining the redistribution of structural load effects with increasing wind loads.'


A Three Minute Thesis presentation by Rachel Westcott on her PhD research project, 'The interactions between emergency responders and animal owners in bushfire: improving community preparedness and response outcomes.'


A Three Minute Thesis presentation by Melanie Baker-Jones on her PhD research project, 'Web 2.0 in disaster and emergency: a risk assessment of tortious liability.'


A Three Minute Thesis presentation by Bryan Hally on his PhD research project, 'Attribution of active fire using simulated fire landscapes.'


A Three Minute Thesis presentation by Kamarah Pooley on her PhD research project, 'Preventing youth misuse of fire in New South Wales: an empirical evaluation.'

Key Topics: child-centred, education, fire

A Three Minute Thesis presentation by Mayeda Rashid on her PhD research project, 'Child-centred Disaster Risk Reduction: achievements, challenges and scope.'


A Three Minute Thesis presentation by Emma Singh on her PhD research project, 'Network disruptions during long-duration natural hazard events.'


A Three Minute Thesis presentation by Caroline Wenger on her PhD research project, 'Flood management in a changing climate: integrating effective approaches.'

Key Topics: flood, mitigation, resilience

A Three Minute Thesis presentation by Sue Hunt on her PhD research project, 'Implementing policy to enable disaster resilience in the Australian Federation.'

Key Topics: governance, policy, resilience

A reflective discussion on why emergency management organisations invest research, how that research is benefiting the practice and policy of natural hazards emergency management and the value it contributes.

Featuring Greg Nettleton, Country Fire Service SA, Mark Smethurst, NSW SES, Chris Arnol, Tasmania Fire Service, Stuart Ellis, AFAC, and Doug Smith, QFES.


A reflective discussion on the key characteristics of projects that successfully transition from research into practice (and hopefully impact) and pitfalls to avoid.

Featuring Dr Noreen Krusel, AFAC, Amanda Leck, AFAC, Neil Cooper, ACT Parks and Conservation Service and Ed Pikusa, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources South Australia.


The emergency management landscape is continually evolving. Looking five to ten years into the future, the focus of this session is to provide an organisational/sectoral view of the big questions facing the sector and the importance of research to support the operational and policy needs of sector stakeholders.

Featuring Dr Laurie Hammond, BNHCRC Chair, Malcolm Jackman, SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission, Jillian Edwards, Attorney-General's Department, Dr Stephanie Rotarangi, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Victoria, Jim Higgins, MFB, Major General Richard Wilson, Queensland Reconstruction Authority and Iain McKenzie, Inspector-General Emergency Management QLD.


All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook

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