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Charitha Pattiaratchi discusses improving predictions of extreme water levels along the coast.
Charitha Pattiaratchi discusses improving predictions of extreme water levels along the coast.
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12 Sep 2016
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Dr Michael Rumsewicz
Research Director

Full research papers available

With a focus on the science of natural hazards, the papers from the 2016 Research Forum held in Brisbane on 30 August are available. Delve into the science in detail, with a majority of research papers available in full. This includes papers presented during the Research Forum, as well as the research papers that were presented on 31 August and 1 September on the AFAC16 program. 

Note that seven research papers are appearing in a special edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management. This edition, published in October 2016, includes the peer-reviewed papers that accompany the conference talks by:

Held on the first day of AFAC16 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, the Research Forum attracted more than 430 emergency service managers, volunteers, researchers and industry representatives. The Forum saw 30 papers presented, with a further four research papers presented on the following two days. This year's research papers are divided into two peer reviewed papers, and 21 non-peer reviewed extended abstracts. The presentations covered 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: flood fatalites, prescribed burning, cyclone engineering, emotional preparedness for bushfire, non-traditional volunteering, economic modelling, heatwaves, smoke plumes, fire modelling, disaster resilience and flood mitigation.

Download the full proceedings.

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

Peer reviewed papers

Effect of prescribed burning on wildfire severity - a landscape case study from the 2003 fires in Victoria - K Tolhurst and G McCarthy

Wind speed reduction induced by post-fire vegetation regrwoth - R Quill, K Moon, J Sharples, L Sidhu, T Duff and K Tolhurst

Non-peer reviewed extended abstracts

A high resolution land dryness analysis system for Australia - I Dharrsi and V Kumar

Non-market valuation in the economic analysis of natural hazards - F Gibson, D Pannell, A Rogers, M Kragt and A Hailu

The social life of science in bushfire policy and planning: tales from Victoria and the Northern Territory - T Neale

How do island communities balance disaster resilience and what can mainlanders learn from that? - S Sutton

Using participatory mapping to harness local knowledge and increase community connectedness in bushfire preparation - B Haworth, J Whittaker and E Bruce

Evaluation topographic influences on the near-surface wind field of Tropcial Cyclone Ita (2014) using WRF-ARW - T Kloetzke, M Mason and R Krupar III

Opportunities and challenges of citizen-led recovery in post-disaster settings - J Whittaker

Forecasting the impact of tropical cyclones using global numerical weather prediction ensemble forecasts: a Tropical Cyclone Marcia (2015) wind and rainfall case study - R Krupar III and M Mason

The bushfire convective plume experiment: mobile radar observations of pyro-convection from the Mt Bolton fire (2016) - N McCarthy, H McGowan and A Guyot

"I think I'm going to be frightened out of my wits" psychological preparedness and vulnerability: insights from the Sampson Flat fire - D Every

Harnessing the capacities of spontaneous volunteers: application and adaptation of the Queensland model - B McLennan, J Molloy, J Whittaker and J Handmer

Building community cyclone resilience through academic and community partnership - J Harwood, D Smith and D Henderson

The effects of turbulent plume dynamics on long-range spotting - W Thurston, K Tory, R Fawcett and J Kepert

Evidence-based practice, practise-based evidence: moving towards scaled implementation in child-centred disaster risk reduction - K Ronan and B Towers

Improving flood forecast skill using remote sensing data - Y Li, S Grimaldi, A Wright, J Walker and V Pauwels

Integrated economic assessment of flood management options for Adelaide - M Chalak, V Florec, A Hailu, F Gibson and D Pannell

Improved predictions of Australian extreme sea levels through a coupled wave-surge model - Y Hetzel, I Janekovic and C Pattiaratchi

A spatial decision support system for natural hazard risk reduction policy assessment and planning - G Riddell, H Maier, H van Delden, J Newman, A Zecchin, R Vanhout, J Daniell, A Schafer, G Dandy and C Newland

Think long term: the costs and benefits of prescribed burning in the south west of Western Australia - V Florec, D Pannell, M Burton, K Kelso and G Milne

You own the fuel, but who owns the fire? - M Eburn and G Cary

Preventing flood-related fatalities: a focus on people driving through floodwater - E Rae, P Campbell, K Haynes, A Gissing and L Coates

Development of flood mitigation strategies for Australian residential buildings - T Maqsood, M Wehner, K Dale and M Edwards

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