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After Tasmania’s year of disasters, bushfire tops the state’s growing list of natural hazards


White, CJ and Trundle, A and McEvoy, D and Corney, S and Remenyi, T, After Tasmania's year of disasters, bushfire tops the state's growing list of natural hazards, The Conversation, Australia, 15 September 2016, pp. 1-5. (2016) [Magazine Article]

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Tasmania has had a damaging year, with the island state hit by a series of ushfires and floods.

Now a comprehensive new assessment of Tasmania’s exposure to natural disasters shows that bushfire remains the number one hazard to people and property, while also highlighting a range of new threats. These include coastal flooding, pandemic influenza and - despite being Australia’s most southerly state - an increasing likelihood of heatwaves.

The 2016 Tasmanian State Natural Disaster Risk Assessment (TSNDRA) aims to provide emergency services with key information to help prepare for and reduce the impact of disasters.

It is the first state-level assessment in Australia that adheres to the recently updated National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines. All states and territories are required to produce their own risk assessments by June 2017. Given Tasmania’s unprecedented recent run of natural disasters, it is fitting that it should be the first state to publish a comprehensive roundup of the risks.

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Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:TSNDRA, natural hazards, risk, flood, bushfire, storm, climate change, extremes
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Natural hazards
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:White, CJ (Dr Chris White)
UTAS Author:Corney, S (Dr Stuart Corney)
UTAS Author:Remenyi, T (Dr Tom Remenyi)
ID Code:111497
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2016-09-15
Last Modified:2016-09-16

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