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Research Driving Change Showcase 2017 - fire and severe weather scientists
Research Driving Change Showcase 2017 - fire and severe weather scientists
Release date
20 Dec 2017
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David Bruce
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Four years of highlights and achievements

Partners in the CRC will this week start to receive Highlights and Achievements 2013-2017, a publiction providing a high-level summary of our research, utilisation and engagement activities.

In a departure from the usual annual report format, this report is an overview of the first four years of the CRC’s eight-year funding period, based around the projects, the people and the organisations that contributed to the overall success of the centre.

Our interactive version is now online, which presents Highlights and Achievements 2013-2017 in a different format to the usual PDF. Take a look here

This half-way point marked an appropriate time to provide a review of the original aims, the ongoing progress, and future options for natural hazards research.

These activities culminated in a visible display of progress, achievements and vision at the CRC’s Research Driving Change – Showcase 2017 event in Adelaide in the first week of July 2017. This two-day event with researchers and partner organisations collated and presented the research outputs as a series of case studies and high-level impacts. Visit the Showcase  page for reports, video and audio recordings.

The primary activities 2013-2017 have been:

  • Delivering on our research and utilisation objectives
  • Consolidating, refreshing and promoting the research program
  • Bringing together researchers, partners and broader stakeholders through a calendar of events, conferences and workshops
  • Building the capacity of the sector through postgraduate research and mentoring
  • Establishing national research priorities for natural hazards emergency management
  • Developing options beyond this funding period to transition to an ongoing research centre.

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New journal articles and reports on CRC research are available online.
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Research is helping government and emergency management agencies identify and allocate ownership of risks, how risk owners are responsible, and what they can do to manage them.
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Australians love their pets – and this influences how people behave during an emergency, with emergency services incorporating findings from research to influence their plans and policies during disasters.
A flood wipes out a bridge in southern WA, February 2017. Photo: Dana Fairhead
Changing the focus of warning messages based on research has been the key to ensure critical safety advice is heard and acted upon.
Photo: Sascha Grant CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Using the latest satellite-based earth observation systems and the Himawari satellite, research will allow fire managers to hone in on bushfires before they become too large to handle.
Photo: Michael Dawes (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Research has shown that improvements can be made that can strengthen houses to reduce wind damage, as well as save money through the reduction of insurance premiums.
Photo: South Australia SES
‘What if?’ scenario modelling by the CRC is helping government, planning authorities and emergency service agencies think through the costs and consequences of various options on preparing for major disasters and how...
Photo: South Australia SES
Emergency Management Victoria is embedding national findings to develop a better understanding of resilience at the state level, using baseline data to build a ‘living’ resilience index within the organisation.
Photo: New Zealand Fire Service

Teamwork is essential to ensure incident management teams function to the best of their ability in challenging and high stakes environments. To help improve teamwork, practical tools have been developed by the...

Prescribed burning underway. Photo Veronique Florec
Not everything that is important can be assigned a dollar value, with research helping natural hazards managers justify the use and allocation of resources for mitigation efforts.

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