A ground-breaking CRC-linked project on the mental health of emergency service workers was highlighted by the former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, now chairperson of beyondblue at the 2018 Emergency Management Conference in Melbourne in July.
This Hazard Note is based on a case study of the extreme fire behaviour exhibited by the Waroona bushfire in 2016. The Hazard Note examines the meteorology and fire reconstruction in parallel, identifying the dynamic processes behind the extreme fire behaviour and providing valuable knowledge to apply during future bushfires.
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is looking for researchers to lead projects on grassland fire danger, environmental crime and guidelines for seizing wildlife. This research is being undertaken for the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
The northern hemisphere summer of 2018 is shaping up as being one of the most memorable from a natural disaster perspective - it may even point to a significant turning point in what we understand about the nature of hazards we could face in the future. No matter what we think we can control, we need to be ready for the unexpected, and to do that we need to find a way to embrace uncertainty and plan for the inevitable. But how we do this is largely unclear, and it is an important area in urgent need of more research to inform the decisions we are making.
I was pleased to see researchers at an Australian Academy of Science event showing leadership in multi-disciplinary problem solving and learn about some of the ground breaking science that is occurring around Australia.
I was privileged to hear from so many scientific leaders in one place and rub shoulders with Fellows of the Academy of Science, the event had some of the most inspiring talks I've ever had the chance to hear.