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Fire Australia Issue One 2017

Focus on firestorms, disaster resilience and preparation in Bangladesh

Firestorms, disaster resilience and fire preparation in Bangladesh are featured in the latest edition of Fire Australia magazine. Issue One for 2017 is now available and highlights important research into extreme bushfire weather, disaster resilience education for all facets of life and a wrap of the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

The cover article reviews the extreme weather which lashed South Australia in September and October 2016. Over nine days, a series of cold fronts brought destructive winds, heavy rainfall, floods and storm tides to central and eastern districts of the state, but South Australia's emergency services were up to the task.

Research into extreme bushfires has been unveiled in Firestorms: the bushfire/thunderstorm hybrids. Project leader Associate Professor Jason Sharples explains how firestorms are formed and what further research needs to be done to improve our understanding of extreme bushfires.

Live to tell the tale reflects on last year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction and how the CRC is supporting the movement through an annual Australian event. In October 2016 the CRC held a forum featuring five speakers, each who spoke about what it means to survive a natural disaster from a range of perspectives.

A new initiative which is ‘teaching’ disaster resilience to students is also featured. CRC researcher Dr Benjamin Brooks and his colleagues at the University of Tasmania have developed an undergraduate course to provide students with the skills and understanding that allow them to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

The magazine also highlights how the CRC's Dr Briony Towers has partnered with World Vision Australia and Google to help communities in Bangladesh prepare for fire with the fire detector device, Lumkani.

Fire Australia is a joint publication of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, AFAC and the Fire Protection Association Australia. Produced quarterly, each edition will now be numbered one through four, rather than seasons.

Find this and previous editions of Fire Australia at www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/fire-australia.  

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Index of Editions

Issue Four 2017 of Fire Australia includes research on including animals in emergency planning, details from AFAC17, new priorities in natural hazards research, and a Black Saturday case study to develop guidelines for improved community messaging in bushfires.
Issue Three of Fire Australia for 2017 features new prediction software for predictions of bushfire spread, how NSW's geography curriculum allows students to become agents of change for community resilience, suggestions for reducing the risks involved in prescribed burning, research on the impacts of severe wind during Cyclone Debbie, and new natural hazards science at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.
Issue Two of Fire Australia for 2017 features information about a weather phenomena called a mountain wave that produces severe fire behaviour, an analysis of flood fatalities in Australia, what we can learn about disaster preparation from Indonesia, and leadership for our emergency service volunteers.
Issue One of Fire Australia for 2017 features firestorms, disaster resilience, fire preparation in Bangladesh and the International Day for Disaster Reduction.
PhD progress, human factors and decision-making capabilities, asbestos risk and the role of pharmacies in disasters are showcased in the Spring 2016 edition of Fire Australia magazine.
The Winter 2016 edition of Fire Australia magazine highlights important research including reducing hazard impacts with smarter spending, fire modelling and wind behaviour as well as the rewarding experience of PhD student placements in the sector.
Mitigating disasters: how damage from floods, fires and storms can be prevented through careful planning and investment; a new approach to flood forecasting using remote sensing data; and case studies from the CRC are highlighting paths to integrate bushfire science into government policy and planning.
Developing a smartphone app to measure fuels for bushfire, 2015's International Day for Disaster Reduction, a case study on the Be Ready Warrandyte initiative and a look at what could happen if Adelaide was hit by a large earthquake.
Community resilience in the remote north, how NSW RFS used research to change their approach to engagement around bushfire survival planning, and case studies on CRC research impact.
How extreme water levels could impact Australia's coasts and what can be done to mitigate the risks, the gulf in earthquake risk reduction, and a look at the milestone UN Sendai conference on risk reduction.