Lucinda Coates
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Lucinda is a Senior Research Consultant specialising in risk reduction and climate change adaptation assessment, natural hazard fatalities trends, vulnerability versus resilience, and evaluations of risk perception and risk communication. She has a Master of Geoscience from Macquarie University.

Heatwave fatalities in Australia: a new analysis

Heatwaves, recognised as one of the key natural hazard risks to human health, have increased in frequency and intensity in recent decades, a trend projected to continue under most future climate scenarios (e.g. Perkins-Kirkpatrick et al., 2016).  This, in combination…

A rainy, fatal summer: how the 2021–22 La Niña season stacks up with previous seasons

Some 41 people have drowned (including three missing presumed dead (mpd)) over the 2021–22 La Niña period November 2021 to 12 May 2022 (at time of writing) from floods across south-east Queensland (QLD), northern New South Wales (NSW), Greater Sydney…

Understanding preventable residential fire fatalities

More than one residential fire-related death occurs every week in Australia – deaths that are preventable. New research shines a light on the vulnerable groups most at risk. On average, more than one preventable fire-related death occurs in a residential…

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