Bushfire Catastrophe: What Now?

This seminar was filmed in Sydney Opera House on Sunday 16th February 2020. Session 1 Relief & Response. Session 2 Future Thinking. Watch the broadcast of the seminar here (link to YouTube). From relief and recovery to long-term solutions It’s been a devastating summer, and none of us have been left unaffected. Homes, lives, livelihoods, wildlife […]

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Citizen Science Bushfire Response Project Audit

Citizen Science Bushfire Response Project Audit The unprecedented continental scale of the current Australian bushfires is devastating. They have led to the loss of lives, homes, habitats and biodiversity on a huge scale. In this time of extreme loss, we are buoyed by the amazing response of individuals and communities in this time of crisis.  […]

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AirRater is now available to users in all states across Australia

In the current bushfire and air quality crisis, AirRater has been made available to users in all states across Australia. This has increased our user base to over 50,000. From the feedback we have received, AirRater has been able to assist many people with planning their activities and managing their health. Please find our just […]

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A crisis of underinsurance threatens to scar rural Australia permanently

Written by Chloe Lucas, Christine Eriksen and David Bowman. Australia is in the midst of a bushfire crisis that will affect local communities for years, if not permanently, due to a national crisis of underinsurance. Already more than 1,500 homes have been destroyed – with months still to go in the bushfire season. Compare this to […]

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Talking Point: When will the mountain burn?

DAVID BOWMAN: After 1967 and Dunalley, it’s hard to explain the ignorance of the potential for catastrophic bushfire in Hobart HOBART is framed by kunanyi/Mt Wellington, which provides a superb backdrop to our city. It is an ancient presence, framing our daily lives, even sometimes affecting our moods. But there is another, fierce dimension to […]

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PhD Opportunity: Hobart City Bushfire Risk

Understand the bushfire risk profile of the City of Hobart using a transdisciplinary biophysical and social geographic approach The Fire Centre is looking for a PhD student to engage in a multi-disciplinary project identifying vulnerable populations in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) around the Tasmanian capital of Hobart. The research will employ both sociological and biogeographic […]

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Call for Submissions to Special Issue of Fire: Bushfires in Tasmania

The open-access journal Fire has announced a special issue focusing on bushfire in Tasmania. Prof. Crystal Holden, Prof. David Bowman and Dr. Rebecca Harris, all members of or contributors to the Fire Centre, are guest editors. The Special Issue focuses on bushfire in Tasmania, its sociopolitical, economic and ecological impacts, its management by the state agencies […]

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Tasmanian forest fires leave people feeling threatened

  The 2019 Tasmanian fires burned for weeks and covered extensive areas of the state, causing much anxiety for those who feel a deep connection to this island. Fire Centre Director Prof. David Bowman appears on ABC’s the Science Show to discuss the 2019 Tasmanian wildfires and their effect on the psychological health of Tasmanians. […]

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