April 2015 - From Sendai to Sydney

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A lady examines before and after photos from the 2011 tsunami.
A lady examines before and after photos from the 2011 tsunami.
16 Apr 2015
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The April 2015 edition of Hazard News features the experiences of our researchers and end users at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan, wraps up the Research Advisory Forum in Sydney, and highlights research findings post-bushfire in South Australia.

Resource

The Bangor fire in SA, 2014. Photo courtesy Tait Schmall/Newscorp
Hazard Note 005 summarises results from community-based research in South Australia following three very different bushfires in early 2014: a rapid onset fire, a long-campaign fire, and repeat fire incidents.

News

A SWIRLNet anemometer for measuring wind speed during Cyclone Nathan. Photo by CTS.
With a number of cyclones occurring in February and March, researchers from the Improving resilience of existing houses to severe wind events project at the Cyclone Testing Station at James Cook University have been hard at work in the field.
Communications Officer Nathan Maddock is now based in Darwin.
The CRC now has a full time presence in the Northern Territory, with Communications Officer Nathan Maddock recently relocating to Darwin.
This new section of Hazard News will highlight new reports that have been published on the CRC website since the last newsletter.
The CRC would like to draw our to the attention of our scientists the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education award 2015.
 BlazeAid volunteers
The Out of Uniform project has published its third newsletter on recent progress. This project has assembled a team of researchers and end-users to look into non traditional forms of emergency volunteering.
Dr Kirrilly Thompson

Kirrilly Thompson has been selected as one of five young Australians to be recognised for her research, beating out almost 250 other applicants in the process.

ABC Radio National and the University of New South Wales joint project ‘Top 5 Under 40’ aimed to find and honour five of Australia’s best and brightest young scientific minds.

The Bangor fire in SA, 2014. Photo courtesy Tait Schmall/Newscorp
How residents responded to three separate bushfires in South Australia in January 2014 has been analysed by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.

Event

Stuart Midgley opening the 2015 RAF at the NSW RFS
Presentations from our first Research Advisory Forum for 2015 are now online.

Blog

Project Leader Mel Taylor discusses her team's research to date.

It’s just over a year since we kicked off our research program in Adelaide with the first Research Advisory Forum (RAF). That was the first time we brought project teams together to meet face to face, start the process of turning groups of people into teams, 35 (and now 39) projects into a research program, and beginning the discussion of how the research will eventually be used.

A lady examines before and after photos from the 2011 tsunami.
Last month I had the wonderful privilege of travelling to Sendai to present at a workshop as part of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
Tony with firefighters from the Kakunodate Fire Department.
With the prospect of being able to joining in a range of public events, the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai has been a target of mine for a while.
The Sydney RAF was a full house at NSWRFS
Late last week the Chairman and I presented to the Australian and New Zealand Emergency Management Committee, signifying the import work the CRC is doing on the national agenda.
The World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. Photo by Tony Jarrett
The UN’s 3rd World Disaster Risk Reduction Conference was on in Sendai, Japan in late March. Much of it is very formal, statements of intent and support, but there have been great snippets in the sessions.
Adam Leavesley and Marta Yebra planning field work. Photo by Geoff Cary
Over the last few months the Mapping bushfire hazard and impacts team has been undertaking a number of activities with our end users, including involvement in prescribed burns to gather data.
Kevin Ronan presenting in Sendai
I was part of a large Australian contingent at the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, presenting at two sessions during the week.

In March 2015 I attended the Disastrous Doctorates Workshop in Wellington New Zealand. This workshop was hosted by the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR) at Massey University and sponsored by the Earthquake Commission (EQC) of New Zealand. This year was the first year it was opened up to students from outside of New Zealand.

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