Bushfire and Natural Hazard Risks

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This theme seeks better forecasts of likely events and precursor conditions; greater accuracy of forecast tools and more timely forecasts. This leads to increased preparedness for the impacts of natural hazards, improved communications and warnings and enhanced ability to predict and mitigate the risk.

Projects in this research theme

Coastal Management
Project Research leader Affiliation
Developing better predictions for extreme water levels
Prof Charitha Pattiaratchi University of Western Australia
Resilience to clustered disaster events on the coast - storm surge
Dr Scott Nichol Geoscience Australia
Monitoring and prediction
Project Research leader Affiliation
Mapping bushfire hazard and impacts
Prof Albert van Dijk Australian National University
Disaster landscape attribution: thermal anomaly surveillance and hazard mapping, data scaling and validation
Prof Simon Jones RMIT University
Improved predictions of severe weather to reduce community impact
Dr Jeff Kepert Bureau of Meteorology
Improving flood forecast skill using remote sensing data
Assoc Prof Valentijn Pauwels Monash University
Mitigating the effects of severe fires, floods and heatwaves through improvements to land dryness measures and forecasts
Dr Imtiaz Dharssi Bureau of Meteorology
Next Generation Fire Modelling
Project Research leader Affiliation
Coupled Fire-Atmosphere Modelling
Mika Peace Bureau of Meteorology
Fire coalescence and mass spotfire dynamics: Experimentation, modelling and simulation
A/Prof Jason Sharples University of New South Wales
Fire spread prediction across fuel types
Prof Graham Thorpe Victoria University
Determining threshold conditions for extreme fire behaviour
Dr Trent Penman University of Melbourne
Prescribed burning and catchment management
Project Research leader Affiliation
From hectares to tailor-made solutions for risk mitigation: systems to deliver effective prescribed burning across Australian ecosystems
Prof Ross Bradstock University of Wollongong
Savanna fire management for North Australia
Adj Prof Jeremy Russell-Smith Charles Darwin University
Optimisation of fuel reduction burning regimes for fuel reduction, carbon, water and vegetation outcomes
Dr Tina Bell University of Sydney

Research opportunities

Post graduate research opportunities
Related cluster Opportunity Supervisor Affiliation
Communications and warnings PhD: Building Best-Practice in Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction Prof Kevin Ronan CQUniversity
Communications and warnings PhD: Managing Animals in Disasters: Improving preparedness, response, and resilience through individual and organisational collaboration Dr Mel Taylor Macquarie University
Communications and warnings PhD: Traditional and modern mechanisms for communicating about BNH in northern Australia and its near neighbours Prof Andrew Campbell Charles Darwin University
Economics and strategic decisions PhD: Risk analysis for different levels of overall budget for natural hazard policy and management, considering the high variance of budget requirements from year to year Prof David Pannell University of Western Australia
Hardening buildings and infrastructure PhD: Developing a Disaster Limit State Design Method for Buildings in Cyclone Prone Areas Dr Matthew Mason University of Queensland
Hardening buildings and infrastructure PhD: Estimating the residual capacity of reinforced concrete bridge structures after exposure to both bush fire and flood events Prof Sujeeva Setunge RMIT University
Hardening buildings and infrastructure PhD: Numerical analysis on evaluating retrofitting methods for bridges Prof Sujeeva Setunge RMIT University
Hardening buildings and infrastructure PhD: Reliability of bridge infrastructure due to failure of non-structural components after exposure to both bush fire and flood events Prof Sujeeva Setunge RMIT University
Hardening buildings and infrastructure Seismic retrofit of reinforced concrete buildings with non-ductile frames Prof Michael Griffith University of Adelaide
Hardening buildings and infrastructure The Vulnerability of Buildings to Wind Loading A/Prof John Ginger James Cook University
Monitoring and prediction PhD: Analysis of flood mitigation measures in urbanised environments Assoc Prof Valentijn Pauwels Monash University
Monitoring and prediction PhD: Improving flood forecast skill using remote sensing data Assoc Prof Valentijn Pauwels Monash University
Monitoring and prediction PhD: Mapping forest fuel load and structure from airborne LiDAR data Prof Albert van Dijk Australian National University
Monitoring and prediction PhD: Monitoring fire risk using satellite microwave remote sensing Prof Albert van Dijk Australian National University
Monitoring and prediction PhD: Satellite remote sensing of forest fuel load, structure and moisture content Prof Albert van Dijk Australian National University
Prescribed burning and catchment management PhD: Assessment of payment for environmental services as a means of funding resilience Adj Prof Jeremy Russell-Smith Charles Darwin University
Prescribed burning and catchment management PhD: Development of a novel method to estimate the flammability of Australian fuels Dr Malcolm Possell University of Sydney
Prescribed burning and catchment management PhD: Dynamics of trace gas emissions from fires Dr Malcolm Possell University of Sydney
Prescribed burning and catchment management PhD: Locating weeds from space: documenting the distribution of invasive ‘fire weeds’ using remote sensing Associate Professor Samantha Setterfield Charles Darwin University
Prescribed burning and catchment management PhD: The susceptibility of rural communities and landscapes to smoke Dr Tina Bell University of Sydney
Prescribed burning and catchment management Pyrogeography of Tasmania - understanding how vegetation type and bushfire history influences fuel types and smoke emissions Prof David Bowman University of Tasmania
Understanding and measuring social resilience PhD: Mulga management and governance Adj Prof Jeremy Russell-Smith Charles Darwin University
Understanding and measuring social resilience PhD: Using Scenario Planning to model and adapt BNH management approaches to remote northern Australia Prof Andrew Campbell Charles Darwin University
Understanding and measuring social resilience PhD: ‘Doing’ Heat: How does indigenous practice and knowledge in relation to fire and bodily heat shape their experience of heat stress? Elspeth Oppermann Charles Darwin University

All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook

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