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Dr Mel Taylor, EMPA research award 2018
Dr Mel Taylor, EMPA research award 2018
22 Jun 2018
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Award winning research, Queen's Birthday Honours, new research opportunities and case studies on how to use research findings - it is all in Hazard News June 2018.  

Resource

Waroona bushfire 2016. Photo DFES
This Hazard Note is based on a case study of the extreme fire behaviour exhibited by the Waroona bushfire in 2016. The Hazard Note examines the meteorology and fire reconstruction in parallel, identifying the dynamic processes behind the extreme fire behaviour and providing valuable knowledge to apply during future bushfires.
Issue Two of Fire Australia for 2018 includes a look at two checklists that are helping emergency management teams when there's a breakdown in communication, the findings on community preparedness after three catastrophic bushfires swept across NSW in early 2017, four utilisation case studies that are helping agencies and incident management tools to enhance communication and capability

News

Dr Tariq Maqsood presenting at the 2018 Floodplain Management Association conference.
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC supported the recent Floodplain Management Association conference on the Gold Coast with a booth in the trade display, while a number of CRC projects presented their research findings.
Lake Repulse, Tasmania. Photo: Tony Fish (CC_VY-NC_2.0)
Expressions of interest are currently being sought for three new research projects involving community resilience, climate change impacts and prescribed burning. These projects will be undertaken for the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Unpacking complexity workshop, Wellington 2018
The connections between Australian and New Zealand research in natural hazards were the focus of a workshop in Wellington last month.
Dr Mel Taylor, EMPA research award 2018
CRC research on how to best plan for animals in an emergency has taken out the inaugural Emergency Media and Public Affairs (EMPA) research award, while another project on emergency warnings has been highly commended.
Prof Vivienne Tippett OAM
CRC researcher Professor Vivienne Tippett has been recognised for her efforts and contributions to science with a Queen’s Birthday Medal of the Order of Australia.
Peter Middleton's research is improving communication in Tasmania's emergency services.
CRC associate student researcher Peter Middleton says his recent experience at the latest Research Advisory Forum in Sydney has enhanced the way he presents his research.
Drivers for the coaching and mentoring resource include unique demands on IMT roles. Photo: Victoria State Emergency Service
Issue Two of Fire Australia for 2018 includes stories on two tools that are resolving breakdowns in teamwork, the findings from three catastrophic bushfires in NSW and a showcase of the latest CRC research that is resulting in real world outcomes for our partners.
Coaching and mentoring are relationship-based activities that require cooperation. Photo: Department of Biodiversity, Conversations and Attractions WA.
A vital new resource, backed by research, explores how coaching and mentoring builds incident management team capability for the emergency management sector.
An interviewee shows a researcher the impact the bushfire had on his property. Photo: NSW Rural Fire Service.
In January and February 2017, New South Wales faced some of the worst bushfire conditions ever forecast for the state, including Catastrophic fire danger ratings for many communities. During this time, a number of large and damaging fires occurred, but fortunately no human lives were lost during the worst of the conditions.
Science is helping our emergency services keep us safe.
Conducting research is one thing, but applied research that partners scientists and emergency management experts together, resulting in real world outcomes, is another altogether.
During emergencies, individuals and teams often work under considerable pressure. Photo: New Zealand Fire Service.
There is a lot happening at an incident management centre when a bushfire, flood or cyclone occurs but two checklists are helping emergency management teams carry out effective teamwork.
Learning from past experiences is integral to emergency management. Photo: South Australia SES (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Two CRC end-users have spoken about their first-hand experiences being involved in a research project that is shaping the way emergency managers think, learn and communicate information to their teams in highly stressful environments.

These case studies form part of the Improving decision-making in complex multi-team environments project lead by A/Prof Dr Chris Bearman.

Photo: Nathan Maddock, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
Sophisticated fire mapping and modelling of fire severity is helping fire and land managers assess greenhouse gas emissions and develop carbon abatement plans.
Photo: South Australia SES
‘What if?’ scenario modelling by the CRC is helping government, planning authorities and emergency service agencies think through the costs and consequences of various options on preparing for major disasters and how these might change into the future.

Event

12th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference
The annual international conference will be hosted by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC in Canberra.
Multi-national Fire Behaviour & Fuels 2019
Held concurrently in Albuquerque, Marseille and Sydney by the International Association of Wildland Fire, with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC as the lead partner.
Dr Marta Yebra at the 2017 Research Forum
The call for abstracts for AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, the CRC's annual conference with AFAC, is now open.

Blog

Dr Daniel Smith & Dr Rachael Quill at the 2018 Science at the Shine Dome.
I was privileged to attend the flagship event of the Australian Academy of Science, Science at the Shine Dome. With the chance to hear from so many scientific leaders in one place and rub shoulders with Fellows of the Academy, the event had some of the most inspiring talks I've ever had the chance to hear.
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The Sir Ivan fire. Photo: Nick Moir, Fairfax Media

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