Tsunami risk in Australia: Facilitating community understanding

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the Australian coastline faces some 8,000km of tectonic plate boundary capable of generating tsunamis that could impact Australia. While commonly regarded as an irrelevant hazard in Australia, this assumption is unfounded. During the…

Disaster risk management: Australian challenges

Australia is exposed to a variety of natural and technological disaster risks, which vary in their significance across the nation. Communities are faced with the increasing costs of disaster losses due to higher wealth and the increasing development of hazardous…

A machine learning model of tropical cyclone wind risk

Extreme winds from tropical cyclones (TCs) regularly threaten communities worldwide. In recent decades significant efforts have been put towards improving our understanding of the mechanisms involved. In particular detailed analysis of satellite imagery and observations from aircraft reconnaissance missions have…

Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

Fatalities from floods are a major cause of natural hazard deaths around the globe. Here in Australia, floods are ranked second only to heatwaves in terms of the total number of natural hazard fatalities since 1900. Recent cases over the…

Australia’s unique approach to understanding natural disaster risks

Five of Australia’s six most costly natural hazard events have come from different perils: a tropical cyclone, an earthquake, a flood, bushfire and a convective storm. Over the last 20 years, a unique approach to understanding these risks has developed…

World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns (Most in the Asia Pacific Region)

Last year, earthquakes, floods, heatwaves and landslides left 22,773 people dead, affected 98.6 million others and caused $66.5bn (£47bn) of economic damage. Yet the international community spends less than half of one per cent of the global aid budget on…

Asia and Africa most vulnerable to disasters and their effects

The Natural Hazards Vulnerability Index from risk analysts Verisk Maplecroft has Identified that countries and mega-cities across Asia are highly exposed to natural hazards ranging from cyclones to earthquakes, but people in sub-Saharan Africa are more vulnerable. Nearly 1.4 billion…

The Power of Debrief – From Chaos to Synchronicity

With the growing complexity and intensity of disaster incidents, both natural and human-caused, the need to continuously review and improve is becoming a strategic and operational imperative for emergency services organisations. As factors such as extreme weather and continued urban…

Strengthening Early Warning Systems for Disasters

It is clear that Southeast Asia is highly prone to natural disasters such as floods, droughts, cyclones, typhoons and tropical storms. The Great Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, Cyclone Nargis in 2008, Typhoon Ketsana in 2009 and the Thailand Floods…

A Century of Natural Disasters – What are the Costs?

Australian folklore from the last two centuries is full of tales of natural disasters. But Australia has changed drastically. The population has vastly grown and our built environment is more complex and dispersed across the landscape. Can we accurately compare…

Be Prepared

When I was a student I had to write a paper on Risk and Uncertainty. When undertaking my research I formed a conclusion that of the two challenges uncertainty was, for me at least, the more confronting and daunting. While…

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