May 2015 - Science in Adelaide



Chair of the AFAC15 conference committee Chris Beattie (SA SES) launches the 2015 program
Chair of the AFAC15 conference committee Chris Beattie (SA SES) launches the 2015 program
15 May 2015
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The May 2015 edition of Hazard News covers the launch of the program for our annual conference with AFAC, and has all the details on a special edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management with input from CRC researchers, alongside plenty of blogs from CRC people on researcher/end user engagement, PhD happenings and cracking 50 students.


Highlighting new reports that have been published on the CRC website in the last month.
CRC templates for reports, slides and posters are available on our website.
Don't forget to use the CRC templates for reports, slides and posters.
Firefighters training for a structure fire.
CRC science and how it is helping agencies and communities is featured in the latest edition of US-based Wildfire magazine.
CRC and AFAC booth at NSW RFS Leadership Forum 2015
The CRC was invited to attend the 2015 Leadership Forum of the NSW Rural Fire Service.
International Wildland Fire Conference 2015 logo
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is sponsoring the 2015 International Wildland Fire Conference in Korea, and encourages CRC projects to submit an abstract.
The UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.
CRC work on disaster risk reduction features in the United Nations Integrated Research on Disaster Risk newsletter.
Christchurch earthquake
CRC researchers feature strongly in the latest edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management, a special issue on animals and disasters.
The cover of the Fire Australia Autumn 2015 issue
The Autumn 2015 edition of Fire Australia is out now, featuring detailed profiles of the research underway on coupled fire-atmosphere modelling and how to best upgrade older houses to withstand the rigours of extreme wind.
Prescribed burning taking place in NSW.
Australia has a long and continuing history of burning in its forests to reduce fuels and maintain biodiversity. However, the debate over prescribed burning targets has been an ongoing one for almost as long as the practice has been conducted, with parties on all sides of the debate quoting evidence both for more burning or less burning.
Chair of the AFAC15 conference committee Chris Beattie (SA SES) launches the 2015 program
New venues in Adelaide will hold the annual Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC conference in the first week of September.
Many buildings built before the mid-1980s are vulnerable to severe wind, with Cyclone Larry wreaking havoc on Innisfail in Queensland in 2006.
How can we ensure our houses can withstand the rigours of severe winds? New research by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is investigating the most practical ways of retrofitting older homes to withstand severe wind, and has its origins in Cyclone Tracy’s aftermath.
Large bushfires have the potential to alter the atmosphere and local weather. This project aims to further develop the understanding of how this occurs.
Excessive amounts of heat and moisture generated by large bushfires can affect the surrounding atmosphere, changing wind speed and creating pyroconvective (thunderstorm) clouds. These in turn can profoundly change the way a bushfire behaves. Researchers are starting to incorporate these vital elements into operational fire behaviour models.


CRC booth at ANZDMC 2015
CRC researchers and partners dominated the program for this EM conference in May.


Josh Whittaker discussing research progress at the Sydney RAF.
It is hard to believe we are almost at the halfway point in our project on non-traditional emergency volunteering. Having so many end users - representing a diverse array of jurisdictions, hazards and agencies - provides an enormous resource in terms of knowledge and contacts. But it also throws up significant challenges in terms of end user engagement.
Billy at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, Chicago.
Recently I attended the Association of American Geographers 2015 annual meeting in Chicago, along with several thousand other geographers from around the world. I was fortunate enough to be on the program, presenting an overview of my PhD research into engaging communities in disaster risk reduction through volunteered geographic information.
CRC students in Wellington for the 2014 annual conference
We have recently added 15 new students, taking our total to 58 support students - the future research needs of the sector are in good hands.
Tina Bell (2nd from right) with her University of Sydney students at RFS HQ.
In late March, a group of senior undergraduate students from the University of Sydney visited the NSW Rural Fire Service headquarters in Sydney to learn about their operational and research capabilities.
The ad hoc Dunalley Recovery Centre. Photo by Fiona Jennings.
The first six months has passed really quickly, and I have been fortunate to attend a variety of events in Hobart, Melbourne and Wellington, New Zealand.
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