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Post fire field work
Release date
17 Nov 2017

New online - November 2017

New journal articles and reports on CRC research are available online.

Annual project reports from our core research projects are now available online:

Policy and Economics of Hazards

Economics of natural hazards

Improved decision support system for optimal natural hazard mitigation

Optimising post-disaster recovery interventions in Australia

Scientific diversity and uncertainty in risk mitigation policy and planning

Policies, institutions and governance

Using realistic disaster scenario analysis to understand natural hazard impacts and emergency management requirements

An analysis of building losses and human fatalities from natural disasters

Resilience to Hazards

Improving the role of hazard communications in increasing residents’ preparedness and response planning

Effective risk and warning communication during natural hazards

Improving decision-making in complex multi-team environments

Out of uniform: building community resilience through non-traditional emergency volunteering

The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index

Enhancing remote north Australian community resilience

Northern Australian bushfire and natural hazard training

Understanding and Mitigating Hazards

Developing better predictions for extreme water levels

Resilience to clustered events on the coast – storm surge

Improving flood forecast skill using remote sensing data

Cost-effective mitigation strategy for flood prone buildings

Cost-effective mitigation strategy for building related earthquake risk

Natural hazard exposure information framework

Improving the resilience of existing housing to severe wind events

Threshold conditions for severe fire behaviour

Mapping bushfire hazards and impacts

Fire coalescence and mass spotfire dynamics

Fire surveillance and hazard mapping

Coupled fire-atmosphere modelling

Improved predictions of severe weather to reduce community impact

Improving land dryness measures and forecasts

Delivering effective prescribed burning across Australian ecosystems

Tools supporting fire management in northern Australia

Optimisation of fuel reduction burning regimes

A paper from the Policies, institutions and governance team has been published in the Australian Journal of Emergency Management. Titled Reviewing high-risk and high-consequence decisions: finding a safer way, this article identifies shortcomings with the adversarial processes used in inquiries following significant natural hazard events and suggests that post-event inquiries should aim to adopt restorative practices instead. The authors suggest that restorative practice could be the key to inquiries that benefit all parties and enable a focus on both short- and long-term recovery

Accurate, precise and timely forecasts of flood wave arrival time, depth and velocity at each point of the floodplain are essential to reduce damage and save lives, however a number of sources of uncertainty may hinder the delivery of accurate predictions. Field gauging data of water levels and discharge have traditionally been used for hydraulic model calibration, validation and real-time constraint, but the discrete spatial distribution of field data impedes the testing of the model skill at the two-dimensional scale. In response to this issue Surveys in Geophysics have published an article from the Improving flood forecast skill using remote sensing data team that reviews the availability of remote sensing observations of flood extent and levels, and their use for calibration, validation and real-time constraint of hydraulic flood forecasting models.

The CRC has also released a number of reports based on research conducted by our project teams:

Policies, institutions and governance of natural hazards

Learning for emergency services: looking for a new approach

Fire surveillance and hazard mapping

Advances in the remote sensing of active fires: a review

Emerging technologies for estimating fuel hazard

Northern Australian bushfire and natural hazard training

Mapping training delivery framework and pathways for the north Australian fire and emergency management training

A review of emergency and fire management training available for remote communities in northern Australia based on the views of local inhabitants

Fire spread prediction across fuel types

Numerical modelling of fires on forest floor and canopy fires

Improving land dryness measures and forecasts

Downscaling of soil dryness estimates: a short review

Evaluation of daily soil moisture deficit used in Australian forest fire danger rating system

Economics of natural hazards

Integrating non-market values in economic analyses of flood mitigation: a case study of the Brown Hill and Keswick creeks catchment in Adelaide

Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for flood prone buildings

Testing of simulated flood effect on the strength of selected building components

An analysis of building losses and human fatalities from natural disasters

A natural hazard building loss profile for Australia: 1900-2015



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