Australia is a continent prone to natural disasters - a land of beauty and of terror. While we can never fully protect ourselves from these often devastating events, we can be prepared for them, through better threat mitigation and improved disaster response. Here’s how we stay on alert for Australia.

  • Amicus: A national fire behaviour knowledge base

    We have developed a new computer application that enables the easy calculation of expected fire danger and fire behaviour via a simple easy‑to-use interface. It is a powerful tool for fire behaviour analysis and prediction.

    Primary topic: Data for decisions

  • Bushfire research

    Our bushfire research is improving the understanding of fire, and improving technologies and strategies to save lives and limit damage.

    Primary topic: Bushfire

  • ERIC: Improving disaster response effectiveness

    We’ve developed software known as Emergency Response Intelligence Capability (or ERIC) to automate situation reporting during large-scale emergency events.

    Primary topic: Data for decisions

  • ESA: Software for Emergency Situation Awareness

    Our Emergency Situation Awareness (ESA) software detects unusual behaviour on Twitter and quickly alerts the user when a disaster event is being broadcast.

    Primary topic: Data for decisions

  • Fire-resistant cable technology

    We helped develop a plastic cable coating that transforms into a fireproof ceramic in a blaze, protecting electrical circuits for alarms, pumps and fans vital for safe evacuation and firefighting.

    Primary topic: Materials for industry

  • Modelling better flood responses in Port Phillip Bay

    We’re using 3D flood modelling and visualisation to help inform disaster planning and infrastructure needs.

    Primary topic: Data for decisions

  • Groundwater replenishment helping drought-proof Perth

    Science innovation to address Perth's future water supply. Groundwater replenishment could supply up to 20 per cent of Perth's drinking water needs.

    Primary topic: Resilient cities of the 21st century

  • HeatWave: handheld thermal sensor

    HeatWave is a lightweight handheld device that delivers accurate real-time temperature information overlaid on a precise 3D model of an object or scene.

    Primary topic: Robotics, autonomous systems and sensing platforms

  • Kapalga Fire Experiment

    The Kapalga Fire Experiment, one of the world's largest fire experiments, significantly improved our understanding of the effects of fire on plants and animals in tropical savannas.

    Primary topic: Fire ecology

  • Spark: Predicting bushfire spread

    Bushfires are complex processes, making it difficult to accurately predict their progress across the landscape, so we have developed Spark, which can model bushfire spread to help plan for and manage bushfires.

    Primary topic: Data for decisions

  • Studying disease-carrying insects

    Our scientists are studying disease-carrying mosquitoes and other insects to understand what viruses they carry, how they develop immunity to the diseases they carry and how they transmit disease throughout the environment.

    Primary topic: Protecting animal and human health

  • Understanding climate change impacts on weather

    We all know one weather event does not equal climate change. Now a relatively new field of study, called single event attribution, is aiming to put those record-breaking events into longer-term contexts, and recalculate the new odds of the event occurring.

  • Zoonotic disease threat

    Our scientists are world leaders in investigating zoonotic diseases - those that have the ability to pass between animals and people.

    Primary topic: Protecting animal and human health

  • Australia's Biosecurity Future — preparing for future biological challenges

    The report — Australia’s Biosecurity Future: preparing for future biological challenges — uses strategic foresight to identify the major biosecurity trends and risks Australia may need to respond to in the next 20-30 years.

    Primary topic: Innovation and technology for the future


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