Exploring the circumstances surrounding flood fatalities in Australia – 1900-2015 and the implications for policy and practice

This paper  by the Risk Frontiers team has just been published in the journal Environmental Science and Policy. The paper documents an analysis of the circumstances surrounding fatalities due to flooding in Australia between 1900 and 2015. This longitudinal investigation is important to understand changing trends in social vulnerability and to inform efficient and strategic risk reduction strategies. The basis of this analysis was PerilAUS, Risk Frontiers’ database of historical natural hazard impacts in Australia. Through funding provided by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC the data was augmented and verified using coronial inquest records which provide detailed data concerning the circumstances of each fatality. Overall there have been 1859 fatalities identified, with distinct trends in relation to gender, age, activity and reason behind the activity. https://authors.elsevier.com/s d/article/S1462901117301818