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12 February 2017 was amongst the most dangerous fire conditions in NSW history.
12 February 2017 was amongst the most dangerous fire conditions in NSW history.

The first Hazard News for 2018 is jam-packed full of research news - fire research findings, utilisation case studies on wind engineering and fire mapping, plus information on the independent review of the CRC. 

Resource

The Dwellingup fire was a watershed in the way authorities manage fires and the critical lessons learned continue to have relevance today.
The Sir Ivan fire. Photo: Nick Moir, Fairfax Media
A year after some of the worst fire conditions ever experienced in NSW history, a new research report has found many people continue to underestimate the risk of fire. Read more in Hazard Note 45.
Brisbane floods 2011. Photo: Angus Veitch (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Hazard Note 44 covers PhD research by Dr George Carayannopoulos, completed in 2017. The research explored the response to two natural disasters: the 2009 Victorian bushfires and the 2011 Queensland floods.

News

Engaging for Industry event at RMIT University
Research promotion was on the agenda this month at two high profile research and industry events.
12 February 2017 was amongst the most dangerous fire conditions in NSW history.
A year after some of the worst fire conditions ever experienced in NSW history, a new research report has found many people continue to underestimate the risk of fire.
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The deadline for abstract submissions for AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is now 19 February.
Check out the latest CRC research to be published.
Cyclone Bianca in WA. Photo: Stu Rapley (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
A PhD study is looking at how education can benefit residents in areas that are prone to natural disasters. If you live in Port Hedland WA and have experienced a cyclone, storm or flood, you can assist with this research.
Morayfield, QLD flood
CRC research on floodwater-related deaths has been by showcased in ‘Stories of Australian Science’ magazine.
Research Advisory Forum, Hobart, May 2016
The CRC's successes and accomplishments of its first four years are featured in the Highlights and Achievements 2013-2017 publication, which is available online.
Prescribed burning research
It is not too late to apply for funding under the CRC’s Tactical Research Fund, which encourages short-term research projects to meet the near term needs of Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC partners.
Graham Dwyer talks at AFAC15
The next round of Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC PhD students have graduated and are sharing their research outcomes with the fire and emergency services sector.
Find out about the latest research in emergency management in the latest edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management.
Gary Morgan AM
Former Bushfire CRC CEO Gary Morgan was recognised for his significant service to the community with an Australia Day honour, becoming a member of the Order of Australia (AM).
The Day The Flames Came
Watch the 1961 Dwellingup bushfire documentary.
Photo: Michael Dawes (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Research has shown that improvements can be made that can strengthen houses to reduce wind damage, as well as save money through the reduction of insurance premiums.
Photo: Sascha Grant CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Using the latest satellite-based earth observation systems and the Himawari satellite, research will allow fire managers to hone in on bushfires before they become too large to handle.

Blog

It is time for an independent review of the operations and achievements of the CRC, which will help us to continue to provide the research knowledge and expertise that our partners need, and rely on.
Vaia Smirneos
Staffing movements - a baby, an events organiser, an intern.
Wildland-Urban-Interface Modelling
Last year I worked on a project in London to develop a framework for Wildland-Urban-Interface fire modelling.
Heatwaves caused the deaths of more Australians than any other natural hazard. Photo credit: Alex Proimos (CC-BY-NC 2.0)
Sydney was the hottest city on earth on 7 January 2018 when it reached 47.3°C. However heatwaves in Australia, including catastrophic ones, are not new.

Biblio

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AFAC17 logo

All the resources from our 2017 conference

National research priorities for natural hazards

National research priorities for natural hazards

National priorities for research

The Sir Ivan fire. Photo: Nick Moir, Fairfax Media

The Sir Ivan fire. Photo: Nick Moir, Fairfax Media

Research findings from 2017 NSW fires

Four years of highlights

Bushfire planning with kids ebook

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