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Year in Review 2015-2016
Year in Review 2015-2016
Release date
16 Dec 2016
More information:
Nathan Maddock
Senior Communications Officer

A year of highlights

The 2015-2016 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC annual report reviews a big 12 months for the CRC, and is now ready to read at the link below. Hard copies are currently in the mail for our partners. A more formal annual report was submitted to the CRC Program at the end of October.

Over the year the ongoing development of the research agenda included extensive engagement with end-users, researchers and the broader community with a stake in natural hazards management. Under the watch of a new International Science Advisory Panel, the research program was reviewed to identify and map the progress for utilisation opportunities. A process towards refreshing the research program in 2017 was established.

Highlights include:

  • Utilisation case studies on the Child-centred disaster risk reduction, Connecting communities and resilience, Disaster landscape attribution, An analysis of building losses and human fatalities from natural disasters, Practical decision tools for improved decision-making, Decision support system and Out of uniform projects
  • Bushfire Information System – developed and tested for operational prediction of live fuel moisture content and fire occurrence
  • Structure from Motion technique – developed and tested in a beta smartphone application to allow the rapid and quantitative characterisation of the 3D structure of fuels of fire prone environments
  • Disaster resilience for schools – to provide Australian emergency management agencies with a strategic, evidence-based approach for school programs that reduce risk and increase resilience
  • Bushfire education kit – ‘Guide to Working with School Communities’, a New South Wales Rural Fire Service schools kit based on research to help children understand bushfire preparation and safety
  • National Fire Danger Rating – development of the science behind a new system for the National Emergency Management Projects program
  • Tsunami warning – national program reviewed for the Australian Tsunami Advisory Group of the Australia and New Zealand Emergency Management Committee (ANZEMC)
  • Emergency warnings – focus group research and social media analysis examining community comprehension of messages that will lead to recommendations to improve phrasing and content
  • Non-traditional volunteers – identified key changes and impacts on the recruitment and use of volunteers by emergency organisations
  • Multi-hazard mitigation planning – to support decision making during bushfire, flood, earthquake and heatwave, applied to a South Australian case study
  • Animal emergency management – reviewed all national and state legislation, plans, policies and guidelines
  • Flood fatalities – report written for the Prevention of Flood Related Deaths Working Group of ANZEMC

More news from the CRC

Dr Veronique Florec talks at AFAC17.
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Lismore floods 2017. Photo: NSW SES
Emergency management practitioners are encouraged to share their views on planning and preparation for catastrophic disasters through a new survey
New journal articles and reports on CRC research are available online.
Tony Jarrett from the NSW RFS at the 2017 International Day for Disaster Reduction.
Watch the highlights and full session from the International Day for Disaster Reduction public forum.
Prescribed burn of an area infested by Gamba grass near Darwin.
This is the February 2018 newsletter from the Scientific diversity, scientific uncertainty and risk mitigation policy and planning project (RMPP), with updates for project end-users.
Bush at Moggs Creek in the Otways after a burn. Photo by Timothy Neale.
This is the February 2018 newsletter from the Hazards, culture and Indigenous communities project, with updates for project end-users.
York Town Hall. Photo: Geoscience Australia
Research is underway to protect a small town in one of Australia’s most active earthquake regions.
Check out the latest CRC research to be published.
Engaging for Industry event at RMIT University
Research promotion was on the agenda this month at two high profile research and industry events.
12 February 2017 was amongst the most dangerous fire conditions in NSW history.
A year after some of the worst fire conditions ever experienced in NSW history, a new research report has found many people continue to underestimate the risk of fire.

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