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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

Firefighters training for a structure fire.
The next round of funding is available for the CRC’s Tactical Research Fund, established to support short-duration research projects to meet the near term needs of Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC partners.
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is set to commence five new short-term research projects as part of the CRC Tactical Research Fund.
Workshop participants at the OCEANIA Ecosystem Services forum, Brisbane
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research has been presented at an ecosytems and indigenous wellbeing conference in Brisbane recently.
A very large debris flow near Licola (East Gippsland, Victoria) after 2007 bushfires.
Heavy rain in areas burnt by bushfire can mobilise massive volumes of sediments and nutrients into rivers and water reservoirs, threatening the quality and supply of water to Australia’s capital and regional cities and...
AJEM cover April 2017
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC science is a feature of the April edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management, released this week.
Floods can cause severe damage to bridges, roads and other infrastructure. Credit: Dana Fairhead.
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC PhD student Maryam Nasim has been awarded the Austroads Young Engineer Best Paper Award at the Austroards Bridge Conference 2017.
Clarence River, Grafton, NSW
This is the April 2017 newsletter from the Scientific diversity, scientific uncertainty and risk mitigation policy and planning project (RMPP), with updates for project end-users.
Dr Gavin Smith addresses the 2016 Research Forum.
Science and the latest learnings from across emergency management will feature at AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, the annual Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC conference.
The UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC partner Geoscience Australia is co-hosting a pre-conference workshop at the upcoming Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico on 23 May 2017.
Adelaide floods
CRC research is informing community flood warning campaigns, emergency services training and national policy initiatives.

News archives

All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

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2015-2016 year in review

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