Infrastructure and Impact
The Australian Exposure Information Platform's (AEIP) Application Programming Interface (API) was integrated into the NSW RFS Cerberus Ensemble Fire Simulator workflow during the 2019/20 bushfire season. Cerberus is able to simulate where a fire is likely to move in the next 24 hours and the simulation polygon extent generated can now be automatically consumed by the AEIP API to generate an exposure report. This capability allows NSW RFS to quickly assess what is in the path if the fire is not controlled and therefore helps to plan and prioritise emergency responses.
STUART MATTHEWS, PRINCIPAL PROJECT OFFICER, OPERATIONAL SERVICES/PLANNING AND PREDICTIVE SERVICES, NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE

Australian Exposure Information Platform

The Australian Exposure Information Platform was developed by the CRC and Geoscience Australia. The AEIP reports on what is in the path, and potentially at risk, of a natural hazard.

The scale of the impacts of storms, cyclones, earthquakes and floods upon our houses, buildings, roads, bridges and other infrastructure is directly related to earlier decisions made to mitigate against potential disasters.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has improved the way that vulnerability of buildings and key infrastructure is factored into planning decisions for communities at risk across a range of hazards.

The projects within the Infrastructure and Impact theme focused on high-risk components of the built environment and looked at how new construction can be undertaken as a risk reduction strategy for some hazards.

The outcomes of these projects have strengthened our understanding of how risk can be mitigated through interventions that will reduce damage, injury, community disruption and the future cost of natural hazards.

These outcomes are evident in the Coastal Erosion Story Map, Australian Exposure Information Platform, household resilience programs for cyclone and severe winds, and many other resources that are now in use.

Online tools

These online tools were developed with CRC research and are designed to be ready for use. The tools here have been curated for this Driving Change theme. See more tools in the other themes.

AUSTRALIAN EXPOSURE INFORMATION PLATFORM

Understanding what is exposed during hazard events is a highly valuable starting point for a variety of sectors. Using CRC research, the Australian Exposure Information Platform quickly and easily allows users to generate exposure reports needed for decision making before, during and after hazard events.

The customised reports provide a detailed statistical summary of the number of people, dwellings, structures, businesses, and agricultural and environmental assets in any specified area across Australia.

The Australian Exposure Information Platform was a key source of information during the 2019/20 bushfire season and is used regularly by more than 50 organisations across government, industry and emergency sectors to produce thousands of reports each month.

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DYNAMIC EXPOSURE DASHBOARD

Expanding on the AEIP, the Dynamic Exposure Dashboard gives decision makers the ability to interact dynamically with nationally consistent exposure information for known areas at any time of the day, without waiting for exposure reports.

The Dashboard was created in response to users’ needs to view what is exposed quickly and easily, not only where an event is unfolding, but in areas adjacent to the event.

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COASTAL EROSION STORY MAP

This Story Map sets out the key steps required to understand coastal erosion in situations where storm clusters are recognised as a possible driver.

The Map begins by providing some background to understanding the context of an eroding shoreline. It uses synthetic storm clusters to drive beach erosion and presents two case studies that model beach response to these synthetic clusters for current sea level conditions. Finally, the Map explores a method for evaluating impact of coastal erosion on infrastructure assets.

Scroll through interactive text, imagery and maps to learn more about understanding the cause, response and impact of coastal erosion.

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WEATHER THE STORM WEBSITE

Researchers at James Cook University’s (JCU) Cyclone Testing Station, in partnership with Geoscience Australia and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, have developed a new website called Weather the Storm to inform builders and homeowners about how to improve an existing home’s key structural connections against extreme wind.

Accessible at www.weatherthestorm.com.au, the website is based on CRC research that explored the ways that different types of maintenance and retrofitting can protect an older house from damage at different wind speeds, and devised practical and economic options for upgrading existing houses. The findings of this research formed a set of guidelines, which were built into the new Weather the Storm website.

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Case studies

CRC research is driving change across communities, government and emergency service agencies, as highlighted by the case studies relevant to each Driving Change theme.

STRENGTH IN THE FACE OF HIGH WINDS
This study shows that improvements can be made that can strengthen houses to reduce damage, as well as save money through the reduction of insurance premiums.
INTANGIBLE VALUE
This study has developed a tool for generating estimates of non-financial benefits, helping natural hazards managers justify the use and allocation of resources for mitigation efforts.
Australian Exposure Information Platform (AEIP): uncovering national exposure
This platform allows anyone to generate a report for any area of Australia at any time – before, during and after a hazard event has occurred.
PHOENIX RapidFire
The PHOENIX RapidFire fire simulator places Australia as a world-leader in wildfire tools and analysis.
EARTHQUAKE MITIGATION OF WA REGIONAL TOWNS: YORK CASE STUDY
This study makes recommendations for future retrofit strategy implementation in York, WA which has many valuable historical buildings vulnerable to damage by a large earthquake.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AND TORNADO OUTBREAK IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
This study offers a better understanding of the meteorology of the 2016 South Australian thunderstorm and tornado outbreak by conducting high-resolution simulations.

Highlights

This collection is a curation of the best and most recent news articles, Hazard Notes, videos, posters, guides, journal articles and reports relevant to this theme.

Resources

Publications