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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

Thurston, W., Kepert, J. D., Tory, K. J. & Fawcett, R. J. B. (2017) The contribution of turbulent plume dynamics to long-range spotting. International Journal of Wildland Fire 26, 317-330. 

Kepert, J. D. (2017) Time and space scales in the tropical cyclone boundary layer, and the location of the eyewall updraft. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. 

Mapping bushfire hazards and impacts

Holgate, C. M., van Dijk, A., Cary, G. J. & Yebra, M. (2017) Using alternative soil moisture estimates in the McArthur Forest Fire Danger Index. International Journal of Wildland Fire.

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

Grunwald, J. & Bearman, C. (2017) Identifying and resolving coordinated decision making breakdowns in emergency management. International Journal of Emergency Management 13.

Bearman, C., Grunwald, J., Brooks, B. & Owen, C. (2017) Tools for monitoring teams in emergency management: EMBAM and TBM. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 32.

An analysis of building losses and human fatalities from natural disasters

Gissing, A., Tofa, M., Opper, S. & Haynes, K. (2017) Influence of road characteristics on flood fatalities in Australia. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Melbourne.

Coates, L. et al. (2017) An analysis of human fatalities from cyclones, earthquakes and severe storms in Australia. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Melbourne.

Mapping and understanding bushfire and natural hazard vulnerability and risks at the institutional scale

Jones, R., Young, C. & Symons, J. (2017) Mapping values and risks from natural hazards at geographic and institutional scales: framework development. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Melbourne.

Young, C., Jones, R., Kumnick, M., Christopher, G. & Casey, N. (2017) Risk ownership framework for emergency management. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Melbourne.

Young, C. & Jones, R. (2017) Risk ownership for natural hazards: summary of key research findings. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Melbourne.

Cost-effective mitigation strategy for building related earthquake risk

Derakhshan, H., Lucas, W., Visintin, P. & Griffith, M. (2017) Final report: seismic retrofit tests of URM cavity walls. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Melbourne.

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.

Kruger, T., Whittaker, J., Mclennan, B. & Handmer, J. (2017) Recovery volunteering after the Pinery fire, South Australia 2016: an explorative case study. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Melbourne.

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

Krupar III, R. & Mason, M. S. (2017) A modified Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia (2015) scenario: wind and storm tide hazards and impact. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Melbourne.

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

Thomas, C. M., Sharples, J. J. & Evans, J. P. (2017) Modelling the dynamic behaviour of junction fires with a coupled fire-atmosphere model. International Journal of Wildland Fire 26, 331-344.

Korah Parackal: An analytical technique for determining the redistribution of structural load effects with increasing wind loads

Parackal, K. I., Ginger, J. D., Smith, D. J. & Henderson, D. J. (2017) Load sharing between batten to rafter connections under wind loading.13th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering.

Yang Chen: Modelling forest fuel temporal change using LiDAR

Chen, Y. (2017) LiDAR Application in Forest Fuel Measurements for Bushfire Hazard Mitigation (Thesis). School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Faculty of Science Doctor of Philosophy, 134.

Rahul Wadhwani: Refinement of the submodels of pyrolysis and firebrand transport and undertaking experiments to validate those for a physics-based bushfire prediction model

Wadhwani, R., Sutherland, D., Moinuddin, K. & Ooi, A. (2017) Kinetics of pyrolysis of litter materials from pine and eucalyptus forests. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. 

Wadhwani, R., Sutherland, D., Ooi, A., Moinuddin, K. & Thorpe, G. (2017) Verification of a Lagrangian particle model for short-range firebrand transport. Fire Safety Journal 91, 776-783.

Timothy Ramm: Advancing long-term planning and decision analysis to improve the resilience of communities against changing coastal risk

Ramm, T., White, C. J., Chan, A. H. C. & Watson, C. S. (2017) A review of methodologies applied in Australian practice to evaluate long-term coastal adaptation options. Climate Risk Management.

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

Wang, H. et al. (2017) Effects of Oxygen Concentration on Radiation-Aided and Self-sustained Smoldering Combustion of Radiata Pine. Energy & Fuels.

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

Hoult, R. D., Lumantarna, E. & Goldsworthy, H. M. (2017) Soil amplification in low-to-moderate seismic regions. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 15, 1945-1963.

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