Fire and Emergency New Zealand after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Photo: John Moombe.

Using our research

Tools and Resources ready for practical application

Online Tools & Resources

These are online tools developed by our research. They have varied uses, from assessing the flammability of vegetation around Australia, to exploring and comparing recommendations from emergency management inquiries, to showing where and when fire has burnt across the tropical savannas. 

Click the dropdowns to find out more and access the tools. 

Disaster inquiries database

Disaster inquiries database

Search over 300 emergency management inquiries and reviews from across Australia between 1886 and 2017.

The data can be sorted via disaster and inquiry type, date and jurisdiction using a simple table display. For more in-depth analysis, CSV files can be downloaded allowing you to run local queries and reports. The database also contains the full recommendations from 55 inquiries and reviews between 2009 and 2015. A facetted exploration interface enables a filter-search of 1,336 recommendations, allowing effective search and comparison through keywords and themes.

This database can be used for a variety of purposes including:

* To compare equivalent recommendations between inquiries, themes and jurisdictions

* To track inquiries across jurisdiction, year and types

* To download and work with all inquiries and listed recommendations for the particular needs of your organisation

ACCESS: http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/utilisation/ddr

Australian Flammability Monitoring System

Australian Flammability Monitoring System

Effectively providing a clearer picture of immediate fire risks, the Australian Flammability Monitoring System uses satellite data to collect information on live moisture content in trees, shrubs and grass. It then displays this information on an interactive map, which will help fire managers in their prescribed burning efforts and prepositioning of firefighting resources.

The first online mapping tool of its kind to be introduced in Australia, the prototype system uses satellite data to provide a clear picture of the landscape where there are high levels of vegetation and soil dryness, which are the perfect conditions for a severe bushfire.

Access: wenfo.org/afms/

Savanna Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting Framework

Savanna Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting Framework

This online tool evaluates the effects of fire where burnt area mapping is available across the Northern Territory, large parts of Western Australia, and Northern Queensland. It assesses nearly twenty years of data to show where bushfires have burnt, at what time of year (early or late dry season) and when an area was last burnt.

http://www.ntinfonet.org.au/smerf-crc/