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Mercury Rising: Extreme Bushfires

Mercury Rising: Extreme Bushfires
Event Information:
Date: Multiple sessions on Tuesday 23 September 2014 (2:00pm ACST, 6:30pm ACST)
Location: RiAus livestream event.

Bushfires in Australia are a fact of life. In this unique event we examined bushfires and discovered some of the extreme factors that go into making them so dangerous. From the weather conditions and its effect on fuel availability, to the extreme and unexpected ways fires move through an environment, and the unexpected ways people act in a stressful situation, this event looked at the unexpected.

In this full interactive event the audience chose the direction of the discussion using their smartphones or tablets to build a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ style bushfire storyline.

Speakers from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC national research program included Dr Mika Peace from the Bureau of Meteorology, Dr Jason Sharples from the University of New South Wales and Dr Josh Whittaker from RMIT University.

In this unique interactive event we asked the audience to expect the unexpected.

In association with the Country Fire Service, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.


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  1. I was in Melbourne on Black Saturday. I’ve never felt heat like that afternoon. The mercury gauges at home and my parent’s house in Eltham hit their limit of C 50. Those fires changed my understanding of catastrophic heat. I live in dense forest in southern NSW and had planned on staying in the event of fire but after seeing Black Saturday I will leave early and insist that others also do this.


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