Warm, dry lead into fire season

HazardNEWS
21 Sep 2017
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Hazard News September 2017 wraps up the CRC's annual conference, AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, and has all the details on the southern fire season, understanding risk ownership and assessing resilience.

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Photo by South Australia SES
Hazard Note 39 reports on research that has developed an index of disaster resilience, designed to help meet the challenges of Australia's natural hazards.
With most of Australia experiencing a combination of above average temperatures and below average rainfall over winter, large parts of the country face above normal bushfire potential for the fire season.
Powerlines impacted by Black Saturday, Strathewen. Photo: David Bruce, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
Hazard Note 37 looks at research that has identified three decision making areas where risk ownership can be assessed as part of strategic decision making.

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Storm surge damage at Ponte Vedra Florida from Hurricane Irma. Photo by Daniel Smith, Cyclone Testing Station.
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researcher Dr Daniel Smith is part of an international team assessing the impacts from Hurricane Irma in Florida.
Dr Marta Yebra at the 2017 Research Forum
With a focus on the science of natural hazards, the papers from the 2017 Research Forum held in Sydney on 4 September are available. Delve into the science in detail, with a majority of research papers available in full.
Ed Pikusa and Holger Maier receive their outstanding achievement award from Dr Richard Thornton.
A cluster team and PhD student have been recognised with CRC awards at AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, the CRC's annual conference held in collaboration with AFAC in Sydney recently.
Celeste Young presenting at the 2017 Research Forum
For a second straight year, the attendance record was broken at AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, with more than 3,200 emergency service managers, volunteers, researchers and industry representatives gathering in Sydney from 4-7 September for the annual Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC conference.
Ngarkat, Sth Australia, fire and smoke
New fire modelling software, teaching kids about bushfire and research on Cyclone Debbie are all covered in the latest edition of Fire Australia.
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New journal articles and reports on CRC research are available online.
For the first time, emergency services and police across Australia will be surveyed about their mental health and wellbeing
A new direction of natural hazards research is set to begin, with nine new research projects from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.
Photo: NSW State Emergency Service
CRC research is investigating the impacts of Cyclone Debbie and helping to inform mitigation and resilience to severe wind
An aerial shot of the damage from the Margaret River fire in 2011
Prescribed burning can be a highly effective bushfire mitigation strategy, but despite good science, planning and practice, it is an inherently risky business.
Photo: NSW Rural Fire Service
School curriculum changes have made the study of bushfire impacts compulsory for NSW primary students in Year 5 and 6, giving fire agencies a unique opportunity to improve community resilience
Future versions of Amicus will hopefully include a searchable database, allowing comparisons with historical fires, such as Black Saturday (pictured), in similar conditions. Photo: Country Fire Authority
New prediction software developed by CSIRO is helping to combine the complex science of fire behaviour prediction with the expert knowledge needed to fill in the gaps.
Alex Wolkow assessed how sleep deprivation and stress impacted on firefighter performance.
The next round of funding is available for the CRC’s Tactical Research Fund, established to support short-duration research projects to meet the near term needs of Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC partners.

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Dr Richard Thornton at the Research Day at AFAC17
For a second straight year, the attendance record was broken at AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, with more than 3,200 emergency service managers, volunteers, researchers and industry representatives gathering in Sydney from 4-7 September for the annual Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC conference.

Blog

Richard Thornton releases the 2017 southern bushfire outlook to plenty of media interest.
Not surprisingly, holding Australia's major emergency management conference in Sydney is good for your media profile.
Networking lunch at the 2017 Research Forum
This years Research Forum once again demonstrated how much work is now ready for uptake by the sector.
Out looking at fire risk around Concepcion.
Recently I've been in Chile, working with a team to investigate new ways of reducing bushfire risks around Concepcion.
Dr Laurie Hammond at the 2017 Research Forum
The new knowledge that was on show this week in Sydney for our annual conference demonstrates the significant part that research plays in building the evidence base for better policy and practice.
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