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Dr Mark Finney from the US Forest Service delivers the opening keynote his new fire behaviour research at the 2015 Research Forum.
Dr Mark Finney from the US Forest Service delivers the opening keynote his new fire behaviour research at the 2015 Research Forum.
Release date
11 Sep 2015
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Dr Michael Rumsewicz
Research Director

Full research papers available

With a focus on the science of natural hazards the popular Research Forum is an annual lead-in to the joint Bushfire and Natural Hazards & AFAC conference. Delve into the science in detail, with all research papers available in full. This includes papers presented during the Research Forum, as well as the research papers that comprised the main program.

More than 450 people were on hand at the Adelaide Convention Centre for the Research Forum, which comprised 32 presentations. A further six research papers were presented on the main conference program. This year's research papers are divided into 13 peer reviewed papers, and 19 non-peer reviewed extended abstracts. The presentations covered both emerging and advanced projects across all of the CRC's disaster research areas, as well as projects not affiliated with the CRC. 

The papers, available below, appear in the order they were presented during the conference.

Topics covered include: non-traditional volunteering, natural hazard management in Indigenous communities, fuel assessment, economic modelling, disaster framework estimation, simulation research, animal emergency management, prescribed burning, evacuation planning, extreme fire weather, flood forecasting, community resilience and policy considerations.

Download the proceedings.

Papers are also available individually below. Papers from the Tuesday and Wednesday aspects of the conference are available on the AFAC website.

Peer Reviewed Papers

THE FUTURE OF ‘NON-TRADITIONAL’ EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERING: WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE AND HOW CAN IT WORK?
B. McLennan, J. Whittaker and J. Handmer

CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE MAPPING TOOLS FOR INFORMING TWO-WAY FIRE MANAGEMENT PLANNING IN REMOTE INDIGENOUS NORTH AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITIES
A. Edwards, J. Russell-Smith, K. Sangha and C. Yates 

HOW WILL THE NEW SATELLITE NAVIGATION SYSTEMS HELP WITH THE PROVISION OF INFORMATION AND WARNINGS?
S. Choy, J. Handmer, J. Whittaker, Y. Shinohara, T. Hatori and N. Kohtake  

THE ROLE OF EXTREME VALUE ANALYSIS TO ENHANCE DEFENDABLE SPACE FOR CONSTRUCTION PRACTICE AND PLANNING IN BUSHFIRE PRONE ENVIRONMENTS
G. Douglas, Y. He, Y. Xiang and E. Morris 

IMPROVED ASSESSMENT OF GRASSLAND FUELS IN MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS ACROSS AUSTRALIA
D. Wright, D. Nichols, A. Slijepcevic, S. Kidnie, A. Chen and R. Bessell

IMPROVEMENTS AND DIFFICULTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SEISMIC ASSESSMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE IN AUSTRALIA
R. Hoult, H. Goldsworthy and E. Lumantarna  

BRINGING HAZARD AND ECONOMIC MODELLERS TOGETHER: A SPATIAL PLATFORM FOR DAMAGE AND LOSSES VISUALISATION
M. Rahman, Y. Chen, K. Potts, P. Bhattacharya, A. Rajabifard, M. Ulubasoglu and M. Kalantari

VICTORIA FIRE WEATHER CLIMATOLOGY DATASET
S. Harris, G. Mills, T. Brown, D. Podnar, H. Reinbold and M. Fearon 

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY – SHADES OF GREY
S. Redshaw, V. Ingham, K. Harrison, T. Quigley and K. Newton 

FRAMEWORK TO INSPECT FLOODWAYS TOWARDS ESTIMATING DAMAGE
B. Wahalathantri, W. Lokuge, W. Karunasena and S. Setunge  

RISK OWNERSHIP AND NATURAL HAZARDS: across SYSTEMS AND ACROSS VALUES
R. Jones, C. Young and J. Symons 

LARGE EDDY SIMULATIONS OF PYRO-CONVECTION AND ITS SENSITIVITY TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
W. Thurston, K. Tory, R. Fawcett and J. Kepert

AN EARTHQUAKE LOSS SCENARIO FOR ADELAIDE
V. Koschatzky, F. Dimer de Oliveira and P. Somerville  

Non-Peer Reviewed Extended Abstracts 

"WE'VE GOT TROUBLE GETTING AROUND BUT WE'RE STILL ALRIGHT": DISABILITY IDENTITIES AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR BUSHFIRE PLANNING
D. Every 

VERIFICATION OF SOIL MOISTURE FROM LAND SURFACE MODELS AND TRADITIONAL SOIL DRYNESS INDICES
V. Kumar and I. Dharssi

DEVELOPING A TARGETED RESILIENCE INTERVENTION FOR THE PRIMARY PREVENTION OF PTSD
P. Skeffington, C. Rees, T. Mazzucchelli and R. Kane  

THE INTEGRATION OF INFORMAL VOLUNTEERS INTO ANIMAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: EXPERIENCES FROM THE 2015 SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES
M. Taylor, M. McCarthy and G. Eustace  

SCIENCE IN MOTION: KNOWLEDGE PRACTICES AND PRESCRIBED BURNING IN SOUTHWEST VICTORIA
T. Neale and J. Weir

DISASTER MANAGEMENT: BUILDING RESILIENT SYSTEMS TO AID RECOVERY
D. Bunker, T. Sleigh, L. Levine and C. Ehnis 

A DECISION SUPPORT FRAMEWORK FOR MULTI-HAZARD MITIGATION PLANNING
J. Newman, H. van Delden, G. Riddell, C. Newland, A. Zecchin, H. Maier, R. Vanhout, E. Pikusa and G. Dandy 

RISK AND PROTECTIVE FACTORS FOR BUSHFIRE RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY
L. Gibbs, E. Waters, H. Gallagher, K. Block, E. Snowdon, L. Harms, R. Bryant, D. Lusher, D. Forbes, G. Ireton, J. Richardson, C. MacDougall, V. Sinnott, C. Kellett and P. Pattison 

UNDERSTANDING PRESENT AND FUTURE BUSHFIRE HAZARD REDUCTION BURN WINDOWS IN NEW SOUTH WALES
H. Clarke and B. Kenny 

A BUSHFIRE EVACUATION PLANNING SERVICE UTILISING MULTIPLE SIMULATION SYSTEMS
K. Steer, A. Beloglazov, E. Abebe and M. Almashor

IMPROVED MODELING OF EXTREME STORM SURGES AND WAVES ALONG THE AUSTRALIAN COAST
I. Janekovic, Y. Hetzel and C. Pattiaratchi

LINKING LOCAL WILDFIRE DYNAMICS TO PYROCB DEVELOPMENT
R. McRae, J. Sharples, M. Fromm and G. Kablick 

MAPPING IT OUT: A USER-CENTRED DESIGN FRAMEWORK FOR WEBGIS PUBLIC WARNINGS
Y. Cao, B. Boruff and I. McNeill

COMBINING HYDROLOGIC AND HYDRAULIC MODELS FOR REAL TIME FLOOD FORECASTING
Y. Li, S. Grimaldi, V. Pauwels, J. Walker and A. Wright

INVESTIGATION OF DAMAGE: BRISBANE 27 NOVEMBER 2014 SEVERE STORM EVENT
K. Parackal, M. Mason, D. Henderson, D. Smith and J. Ginger

HOW DO WE REDUCE VEHICLE RELATED DEATHS: EXPLORING AUSTRALIAN FLOOD FATALITIES 1900-2015
A. Gissing, K. Haynes, L. Coates and C. Keys  

DEVELOPING ENTERPRISE OPPORTUNITIES AND RESILIENCE IN REMOTE NORTH AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITIES
K. Sangha, J. Russell-Smith, A. Edwards, C. Yates, J. Gould, C. Michael and G. James  

THE SYDNEY 2014 FORECAST DEMONSTRATION PROJECT – A STEP FROM RESEARCH TO OPERATIONS
M. Foley, M. Peace, D. Griffiths, J. Sofra and J. Kepert  

IMPLEMENTING POLICY FOR ENABLING DISASTER RESILIENCE IN THE AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION: WHAT ROLE FOR GOVERNMENT?
S. Hunt

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