Australia’s unique approach to understanding natural disaster risks

Article by Kevin Roche published in Asia Pacific Fire,  January 5, 2017. 

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 in Australia through a close relationship between the insurance and academic sectors. And by doing so Australia has been at the cutting edge in applying advances in technology and science to the benefit of the broader community. Here we explore a little of this history and explain how it has helped communities and emergency services better manage the risks they face.

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