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National priorities for natural hazards research
A set of priorities for national research into natural hazards in Australia has been launched by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Driving Change Showcase 2017 in Adelaide.
What are the most significant natural hazard emergency management issues Australia faces over the next ten years?
This was the question posed to the Australian emergency management sector in a series of workshops hosted by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC between 2015 and 2017.
The publications that came out of these workshops document the major research issues in natural hazards emergency management. They were considered and noted by the Australia-New Zealand Emergency Management Committee in June 2017.
These research priorities represent the consensus view of industry experts and are based on extensive consultation and discussion. This is the first time an exercise of this scale focused on natural disasters has been conducted in Australia. It is the first time the collective knowledge of the industry has been drawn together and recorded in such a manner.
By synthesising this information, it will be easier for researchers, policy makers and practitioners at all levels to plan and prioritise their work, to enable a nationally coordinated research capacity to address the major issues of our day and to support the uptake of that research into practice.