Researchers are studying the effects on wave direction as the tropics spread south

Thomas Mortlock is interviewed for this article in Forge Magazine.

Macquarie University at forefront of marine science.

Macquarie University’s pioneering research in marine science is helping planning authorities and coastal communities to better understand the threat of storm-related beach erosion.

The university’s Marine Climate Risk Group is fusing paleoclimatology (the study of past climates) with cutting-edge coastal modelling techniques to understand how the predicted southward expansion of the tropics will affect storm activity, wave patterns and sand movement.

The Marine Climate Risk Group is led by Associate Professor Ian Goodwin, and its research is now part of Macquarie University’s Marine Research Centre (MQ Marine).  Established in July 2015, MQ Marine is driving multidisciplinary research on oceans and marine ecosystems, and is adding to Macquarie University’s outstanding global reputation in marine science.

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Thomas Loridan is interviewed on ABC news about underestimating heatwave threat

It is the first day of summer, and already the weather bureau is warning of severe heatwave conditions across southern parts of Queensland and northern New South Wales.

But experts are warning people to be careful of heatwaves, saying they are a natural disaster responsible for killing the largest number of people in Australia.

Dr Thomas Loridan — a scientist from research company Risk Frontiers — said many people did not fully understand the dangers heatwaves pose.

“Heatwaves are a natural disaster that are not as spectacular as tropical cyclones or bushfires,” he said.

Heatwave Fatalities

Lucinda Coates is featured in The Retiree in regards to her research which has found that heatwaves have killed more Australians than other natural hazards combined.

Thomas Loridan is interviewed by Will Ockenden on ABC News

“It’s the first day of summer and already the weather bureau is warning of severe heatwave conditions across southern parts of Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Researchers say in Australia heatwaves kill more people than all other natural disasters, except pandemics.

But they say that the dangers associated with heatwaves are poorly understood, and better notification and warning systems are required.”

BNHCRC Hazard Note 20

Hazard Note 20 documents the analysis of the circumstances surrounding fatalities due to flooding in Australia from 1900 to 2015. The investigation includes exploring the socio-demographic and environmental factors surrounding the deaths. Overall there have been 1,859 fatalities within the 115 years, with distinct trends in relation to gender, age, activity and reason. The most deaths have occurred in Queensland and New South Wales. The majority of fatalities are male (79%) with children and young adults (<29) making up the greatest proportion of the fatalities.

The Mw 7.8 November 14, 2016 Hanmer Springs Earthquake. Briefing No.2

by Paul Somerville, Matalena Tofa and Andrew Gissing.

Damaged Buildings in Wellington

Nearly 50 earthquake-damaged buildings in Wellington have been inspected by engineers, with some likely to be closed for weeks or longer, and one may require demolition. Yesterday people were asked to stay away from the CBD after several multi-storey buildings were damaged, and glass fell into streets on Monday.