Policy and Economics of Hazards

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This PhD began at the Bushfire CRC and has recently been completed. It developed an economic model for evaluating different prescribed burning strategies. The model incorporates both biological information related to bushfires and fire regimes, as well as economic information about prescribed burning, suppression, and potential bushfire damages. The model uses the Australis wildfire simulator to simulate the spread of fires under different prescribed burning scenarios. The project has informed decision-makers on the costs and benefits of different prescribed burning strategies, the return on their investment, and the trade-offs between different options.

This PhD began at the Bushfire CRC and has recently been completed. It developed an economic model for evaluating different prescribed burning strategies. The model incorporates both biological information related to bushfires and fire regimes, as well as economic information about prescribed burning, suppression, and potential bushfire damages. The model uses the Australis wildfire simulator to simulate the spread of fires under different prescribed burning scenarios.

The project has informed decision-makers on the costs and benefits of different prescribed burning strategies, the return on their investment, and the trade-offs between different options.

Veronique is now working at the University of Western Australia as a researcher on the CRC project Economics of natural hazards.

Dr Veronique Florec is making the trip to Antarctica with fellow West Australian’s Jessica Brainard (Western Australia Museum), Rachel Zombor (WA Department of Heath), Anais Pages (CSIRO) and Valerie Sage (CSIRO).
24 August, 2017
Project leader Dr Veronique Florec one of 80 scientists to join an all-female international expedition to Antarctic next year.
Alex Wolkow assessed how sleep deprivation and stress impacted on firefighter performance.
14 June, 2016
A number of previous Bushfire CRC students have recently had their theses accepted to complete their PhD’'s, offering important research to support emergency services.
Economics of Natural Hazards: Integrated Assessment
18 Aug 2015

How can we get the best value for money from public investments in natural hazard management? This project integrates technical, biophysical, socioeconomic and policy information to address key decision problems relating to natural hazard prevention and mitigation.

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Economic Analysis of Prescribed Burning for Wildfire Management in the South West of Western Australia
18 Aug 2015

This thesis explores the application of economic analysis to wildfire management and aims to evaluate trade-offs between prescribed burning, wildfire suppression and wildfire damages.

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Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook

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