RF in the Spotlight

Risk Frontiers spins out of Macquarie University

For 23 years, Risk Frontiers has been at the cutting edge of catastrophe loss modelling, applying advances in technology and science to better assess the threats posed by some of the country’s most costly natural hazard events: cyclones, floods, bushfires, earthquakes and convective storms.

In addition to its suite of home-grown loss models, Risk Frontiers has also been at the forefront of efforts to understand the social dimensions of these risks in ways to help make communities more resilient. These risk themes will continue to motivate the organisation’s new R&D agenda.

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The June 2016 Australian East Coast Low: Importance of Wave Direction for Coastal Erosion Assessment

by Thomas R. Mortlock , Ian D. Goodwin, John K. McAneney and Kevin Roche

In June 2016, an unusual East Coast Low storm affected some 2000 km of the eastern seaboard of Australia bringing heavy rain, strong winds and powerful wave conditions. While wave heights offshore of Sydney were not exceptional, nearshore wave conditions were such that beaches experienced some of the worst erosion in 40 years.


Amri, A., Bird, D. K., Ronan, K., Haynes, K., and Towers, B.  Disaster risk reduction education in Indonesia: challenges  and recommendations for scaling up. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 595-612, doi:10.5194/nhess-17-595-2017, 2017.

Amri, A. (2015). Challenges in implementing disaster risk reduction education: Views from the frontline in Indonesia. Macquarie University Sydney.

Blong, R., Enright, N., Grasso, P., Preservation of thin tephra.  Journal of Applied Volcanology.

Blong, R., Kemp, J., Chen, K., Dating the Last Major Eruption of Long Island, Papua New Guinea: The Evidence From Dampier’s 1700 Voyage on the Roebuck.  Terrae Incognitae. The Journal of the Society for the History of Discoveries. Volume 48, 2016 – Issue 2.

 Bracs, M. A., Turner, I. L., Splinter, K. D., Short, A. D., & Mortlock, T. R. (2016). Synchronised patterns of erosion and deposition observed at two beaches. Marine Geology, 380, 196-204.

Country, B., Wright, S., Lloyd, K., Suchet-Pearson, S., Burarrwanga, L., Ganambarr, R., & Tofa, M. (2016). Meaningful tourist transformations with Country at Bawaka, North East Arnhem Land, northern Australia. Tourism Studies.


Newsletter Volume 16 Issue 4

  • News Flash:  Risk Frontiers spins out from Macquarie University
  • Risk Frontiers’ Suite of CAT Models to be available on AIR Worldwide’s Touchstone Platform
  • Should governments allow fire affected communities to rebuild?

Newsletter Volume 16 Issue3

  • Better Managing New Zealand’s Earthquake Risks
  • Storm Direction Controls Coastal Erosion Risk in New South Wales

Newsletter Volume 16, Issue 2
December 2016