News from the CRC
New online - September 2017
New journal articles and reports on CRC research are available online.
The research proceedings from the CRC's annual conference, AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, are now available. Find them all on the event page, under the publications tab.
The following publications are available from the CRC's core research program:
Improved predictions of severe weather to reduce community impact
Mapping bushfire hazards and impacts
Decision support system for optimal natural hazard mitigation
Newman, J. et al. (2017) Review of literature on decision support systems for natural hazard risk reduction: current status and future research directions. Environmental Modelling & Software 96, 378-409.
Improving land dryness measures and forecasts
Vinodkumar, Dharssi, I., Bally, J., Steinle, P., McJannet, D. & Walker, J. (2017) Comparison of soil wetness from multiple models over Australia with observations. Water Resources Research 53, 633-646.
Improving decision-making in complex multi-team environments
An analysis of building losses and human fatalities from natural disasters
Mapping and understanding bushfire and natural hazard vulnerability and risks at the institutional scale
Cost-effective mitigation strategy for building related earthquake risk
Out of uniform: building community resilience through non-traditional volunteering
McLennan, B., Kruger, T., Handmer, J. & Whittaker, J. (2017) Strategies for non-traditional emergency vounteers: a risk-benefit framework for decision-making. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Melbourne.
Using realistic disaster scenario analysis to understand natural hazard impacts and emergency management requirements
In addition, the following publications are available from CRC PhD students:
Christopher Thomas: An investigation of the dynamics of fire-fire interactions using a coupled fire-atmosphere model
Korah Parackal: An analytical technique for determining the redistribution of structural load effects with increasing wind loads
Yang Chen: Modelling forest fuel temporal change using LiDAR
Chen, Y., Zhu, X., Yebra, M., Harris, S. & Tapper, N. (2017) Development of a predictive model for estimating forest surface fuel load in Australian eucalypt forests with LiDAR data. Environmental Modelling & Software 97.
Rahul Wadhwani: Refinement of the submodels of pyrolysis and firebrand transport and undertaking experiments to validate those for a physics-based bushfire prediction model
Timothy Ramm: Advancing long-term planning and decision analysis to improve the resilience of communities against changing coastal risk
Billy Haworth: Volunteered geographic information, community engagement and bushfire preparation
Haworth, B. (2017) Implications of Volunteered Geographic Information for Disaster Management and GIScience: A More Complex World of Volunteered Geography. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 1-15.
Houzhi Wang: Initiation of biomass smouldering combustion
Roozbeh Hasanzadeh Nafari: Flood damage assessment in urban areas
Hasanzadeh Nafari, R., Amadio, M., Ngo, T. & Mysiak, J. (2017) Flood loss modelling with FLF-IT: a new flood loss function for Italian residential structures. Natural Hazards and Earth Systems Sciences 17, 1047-1059.
Rachel Wescott: The interactions between emergency responders and animal owners in bushfire: improving community preparedness and response outcomes
Westcott, R., Ronan, K., Bambrick, H. & Taylor, M. (2017) Expanding protection motivation theory: investigating an application to animal owners and emergency responders in bushfire emergencies. BMC Psychology 5.
Ryan Hoult: Seismic assessment and design philosophy of reinforced concrete in Australia
Caroline Wenger: Flood management in a changing climate: integrating effective approaches