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The 2014 Research Forum in Wellington was a sell out.

The 2014 Research Forum in Wellington was a sell out.
The 2014 Research Forum in Wellington was a sell out.
Release date
04 Mar 2015
More information:
Dr Michael Rumsewicz
Research Director

Collected Research Forum papers online

With a focus on the science of natural hazards the popular Research Forum is an annual lead-in to the joint CRC and AFAC conference.

The collected proceedings of the 2014 Research Forum, held as part of the 2014 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC conference in Wellington, New Zealand, are now available.

The sold-out Forum included 31 presentations from various Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researchers, as well as researchers from other organisations. The presentations covered both emerging and advanced projects across the full range of fire and natural hazards research.

Each presenter had the option of submitting their paper for external review, with 22 papers collated here in the formal proceedings. The papers are arranged in the order they were presented during the Forum.

Topics covered include: managing severe weather, community understanding, building and engineering, economics, forecasting, search and rescue, fire-plume dynamics, emergency management performance, disaster support systems and assessment tools, scenario planning, volunteering, child-centred risk reduction, managing animals in disasters and historical lessons from emergencies.

Download the proceedings here.

Alternatively, papers are available individually below.

Managing severe weather - progress and opportunities by J.D. Kepert, M. Naughton and J. Bally

Building community resilience to natural hazards in northern Australia by J. Gould, B. Sithole, A. Campbell, G. James and S. Sutton

Estimating the impacts of natural hazards on fatalities and building losses by R. van den Honert, L. Coates, K Haynes and R. Crompton

The heatwaves of the 2013/14 Australian summer by R.J.B Fawcett and J.R. Nairn

Mitigating the effects of severe fires, floods and heatwaves by I. Dharssi, V. Kumar, C.S. Yeo, J. Bally and J.D. Kepert

Disruption of critical infrastructure during prolonged natural disasters by E. Phillips, F.D. De Oliveira, V. Koschatzky and P. Somerville

Urban search and rescue operations in tropical climates by M. Brearley, I. Norton, M. Hutton, D. Rush, S. Smith and H. Fuentes

Managing critical infrastructure in a changing climate by K. Hussey and S. Dovers

The effects of fire-plume dynamics on the lateral and longitudinal spread of long-range spotting by W. Thurston, K.J. Tory, J.D. Kepert and R.J.B. Fawcett

Challenges of measuring emergency management performance under adversity by C. Owen, C.B. Books and C. Bearman

Integrated disaster decision support system incorpating mitigation portfolio optimisation by J. Newman, H.R. Maier, H. Van Delden, A.C. Zecchin, G.C. Dandy and E. Pikusa

Threshold behaviour in dynamic fire propagation by J.J. Sharples, C.C. Simpson, J.P. Evans and R.H.D. McRae

A pre-disaster multi-hazard damage and economic loss estimation model by A. Rajabifard, M. Ulubasoglu, K.E. Potts, M.H. Rahman, M. Kalantari and P. Bhattacharya

Discovering future disaster management capability needs using scenario planning by P. Barnes

Promoting child resilience to disasters by K.R. Ronan, B. Towers, K. McAuslan, V. Johnson, E. Alisic, S. Davie, J. Handmer, K. Haynes, N. Ireland, M.Petal, A. Amri and D. Johnston

Building community resilience through informal emergency volunteering by J. Whittaker, J. Handmer and B. McLennan

Experiences of responders in supporting animals and their owners in disasters by M. Taylor, G. Eustace, B. Smith, K. Thompson, R. Westcott and P. Burns

Social media, crisis communication and community-led response and recovery by M. Irons, D. Paton, L. Lester, J. Scott and A. Martin

NSW RFS bush fire household assessment tool by M.O'Halloran

Learning from adversity: what has 75 years of bushfire inquiries (1939-2013) taught us? by M. Eburn, D. Hudson, I. Cha and S. Dovers

The effect of hazard reduction burning on fuel array in the ACT by A. Leavesley, J. Mallela, J. Seddon, T. Corrigan, N. Cooper and B. Levine

Improving the resilience of housing to severe winds by D.J. Henderson and J.D. Ginger

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