Fire Note 122: This completed PhD research examined the role that warning fatigue plays in the risk perceptions, warning response and decision-making processes of people living in bushfire-prone areas. The study showed that warning fatigue reduced attention to bushfire warnings, changing the way those surveyed thought about their bushfire risk and affecting their response to warnings. Unexpectedly, it was found that warning fatigue was highest at the beginning of the fire season, and decreased during the season.
The Spring 2011 edition of Fire Australia features a Bushfire CRC research article on the February 2011 fires in Roleystone, Kelmscott and Red Hill Research Project. It also features an opinion piece by Rick McRae which was originally presented at the 2011 AFAC & Bushfire CRC Conference.
Mika Peace is a meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology and is currently completing a PhD in coupled fire-atmosphere modelling through the Bushfire CRC. This is her entry into FameLab, an international communication competition for scientists.
Mika Peace is a Bushfire CRC PhD scholar who looked at atmospheric structures and bushfires. Mika's research was based on a number of case studies from across Australia.
Colin Simpson is a PhD scholar at the Bushfire CRC looking at how weather effects bushfire spread in mountainous regions.
Bushfire CRC PhD researcher at the University of Sydney, Jessica Heath, was looking at the impacts of fire in the water catchments around Sydney.
Brenda's PhD research examined warning fatigue & the role it plays in decision-making for people in bushfire-prone areas. It is the first reported empirical examination of warning fatigue in the context of prolonged lead-time disasters. Brenda established that warning fatigue is a real issue & it is why warnings can be dismissed & bushfire risk underestimated. Her work will allow emergency managers to understand why communities may be warning fatigued, & how to create warning messages that mitigate this effect.
The full proceedings from the 2013 Research Forum are now available. Held as part of the annual conference in Melbourne, the Research Forum focuses on the delivery of research findings across different disciplines for emergency management personnel who need to use this knowledge for their daily work.
Damaging debris flows and other large erosion events are hazards that often emerge in mountainous
landscapes due to the combination of fire disturbance and intense rainfall. Quantifying the water quality
risk associated with these hazards is a complex task requiring deterministic catchment response models
in combination with models that represent the stochastic conditioning by fire disturbance and storms in
space and time. This presentation summarizes three years of Bushfire CRC research where modeling and