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PACNEWS, 26 January 2015. Australia and its region will probably be hit by almost twice as many severe floods this century like the ones that devastated southeast Queensland four years ago, according to new research. ENSO is a natural mode of climate variability caused by changes to atmospheric circulation triggered by a gradient in sea surface temperatures across the Pacific. The overall frequency of La Nina phases would remain at the current level of about one in every two to seven years...
Thomas Reuters Foundation, 16 January 2014. Australia can expect even longer and hotter heat waves than the one now scorching wide swathes of the country. A blistering heat wave has settled over Australia's south and southeast for nearly a week, with soaring temperatures causing worry after players and fans alike collapsed. Australia has always had hot weather. However, climate change is loading the dice toward more extreme hot weather
Samoa Observer News, 24 March 2014. The United States Government announced the Climate Data initiative, which aims to help communities use public data to better understand the impacts of climate change. The initiative has been supported by industry including Google, Microsoft, Intel and ESRI who will provide resources and infrastructure to allow researchers to develop monitoring and mapping products from data made available as a result of the Climate Data Initiative
16 July 2014. An open source platform providing access to critical information on natural disasters to all Australians is needed to protect life and property, and will help deliver potential savings to the Australian economy of $500 million to $2.4 billion. The Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities launched its latest report ‘Building an Open Platform for Natural Disaster Resilience Decisions,’ which calls for open access to critical data and research
Presentation covering on Australian domestic challenges, governance, policy, planning and coordination, information and knowledge management, health and related services and health programming in the Pacific during the Workshop on Disaster Risk Management for Health in Pacific Island Countries and Areas, 28-30 July 2014, Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi, Fiji
The purpose of the DRM (Disaster Risk Management) workshop is both to develop practical skills for risk management practitioners who are involved in initiatives across the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC1) spectrum in both Australia, and the Asian-Pacific region
This brief addresses key challenges to effectively adapting Australia to a variable and changing climate, providing high-level policy advice designed for use by policy makers at Commonwealth and State level. It deals with coastal management under climate change and is built upon the experience of New South Wales, but is relevant to planning for the coastal zone throughout Australia. The principal risks to people and infrastructure along Australia’s coasts are from storm damage and inundation of...
Concept note for Side Event 5 in which the purpose is to raise awareness among planners and decision makers in the region regarding key outcomes under the PACCSAP program with a focus on improving risk information for both CCA and DRR planning at the Joint Meeting of the 2013 Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, 8 - 11 July 2013, Nadi, Fiji
The promotion of household resilience has become a key component of emergency management policy and practice in Australia in the past decade. Awareness programs dealing with specific hazard survival - whether bushfire, flood or cyclone - have been implemented in each state and territory. These programs focus on educating people to survive the hazard and emphasis the protection of life and property
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Director-General, Dr Jimmie Rodgers, has signed several grant agreements with the Government of Australia totalling an estimated AUD 4.44 million. The funds received under these agreements comprise part of the Australian Government’s continued support for the work provided by SPC to its member countries. This latest funding support’s SPC’s work in climate change adaptation and educational assessment
The implementation of higher standards of preparation and public health recovery in the event of natural disasters in Queensland will greatly mitigate their impact, and empower communities with ongoing resilience. A better understanding of the effectiveness of disaster management arrangements in local areas will allow communities to better prepare for destructive events, and ensures that government funds are used most effectively. Natural disasters are unavoidable, therefore Left Right...
Presentation on standards are vital for efficient emergency management, communities of co-operation through community mapping and planning support, shared available data services driven by public demand for live emergency information and availability of Web map services incidents and perimeters, situations summaries are being distributed over Government and private web sites and apps during the Pacific GIS and RS User Conference, 18 - 22 November 2013, Novotel Hotel, Suva, Fiji
Australia’s development partners can now access AusAID’s disaster risk reduction, environment and climate change (DEC) e-learning tool to learn how we integrate DEC issues into our development programs. The e-learning tool can assist partner governments, non-government organisations, the private sector, educational institutions and multilateral and donor organisations to understand AusAID’s approach to these important cross-cutting development issues
These guidelines have been designed to support emergency managers to better understand the varied communication needs of people with disability. They are intended to inform and complement the wide range of policies and procedures developed at all levels of government, business and the not-for-profit sector in support of incident management and the delivery of emergency warnings
PAC News, 14 October 2013. Australian can expect more intense droughts during El Nino years due to climate change. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has used new climate models from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) to work out the first consistent projection of how El Nino will be affected by a warming climate. The El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a warming of water that affects weather patterns across the Pacific Ocean
Presentation on Seismic Stratigrapghy and Tectonic History of the South West Pacific 2012 at the Science Technology and Resources Network (STAR) Conference, Noumea, New Caledonia, 3 - 6 November 2012. A seismic stratigraphic chart at the scale of the SW Pacific that summarises our interpretation of the dataset. The new seismic stratigraphy regionally identifies five coherent mega-units. These mega-units record the tectono stratigraphic evolution of the southwest Pacific from Mesozoic...
The fact sheet introduces disaster readiness, including disaster risk reduction, as one of the key priority themes to be discussed by world leaders in June 2012 in Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). It presents: what disaster risk reduction is and why disaster risk reduction is important. What Australia is doing about disaster risk reduction, its financial contribution as well as its consistent approach to prevention and mitigation through such...
ISDR Press release, 4 September 2012. Flash floods, bush fires, severe thunderstorms and even snowfalls have resulted in the Australian capital, Canberra, developing organization and coordination mechanisms for disaster risk reduction which have led to it being recognized today by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) as a Role Model for other cities to follow
Presentation on The Tasman Frontier Database: a regional collaboration to promote geosciences research and natural resources in the South-West Pacific at the Science Technology and Resources Network (STAR) Conference, Noumea, New Caledonia, 3 - 6 November 2012
Victoria has suffered a number of natural disasters and emergencies over recent years. Victoria’s framework for emergency management has not been comprehensively amended since the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires. Given the changes in the community since then, including demographics and technology, it is timely that we make changes to this framework in order to improve protections for Victorians