Annual bushfire conference on again in Springwood in September


 Annual bushfire conference on again in Springwood in September

 
27 July 2017

published by http://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au


Australia – Can a straw-house resist the fury of the bushfire?

The inventor of a fire-resistant house made of straw will be a keynote speaker at the 2017 Bushfire Building Conference and Community Forum at the Hub in Springwood.

Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise CEO, Bernie Fehon, said it was an honour for the industry to engage with Dutch-born Joost Bakker, who is known globally as a pioneer thinker and innovator in building materials, waste management and nutrition.

Joost designed and built a fire-resistant house out of straw that can withstand a CSIRO fire test in temperatures over 1000C, Mr Fehon said.

“We are very fortunate to have him at the conference to share the principles behind what he has achieved. He’s an innovator who is always pushing the boundaries, and the Blue Mountains community can put these ideas into practice to build sustainably for the future.”

Joost Bakker will be joined by researchers from the CSIRO, architects and building innovators at this annual event, regarded as a unique gathering of bushfire building professionals in Australia.

Other headlining experts to take part in the Bushfire Building Conference include Associate Professor, Bushfire Science, Geoffrey Cary from Australian National University, who has published numerous research papers on bushfires and specialises in teaching bushfire dynamics and management.

The program, themed ‘Building for the Future’, will also include sessions on bushfire building technology and research, vegetation and landscape management, product compliance and installation.

Registration is now open for the industry conference taking place on Friday, 8 September 2017. Early Bird conference tickets are $180 + GST for a limited time and are available online at https://bmee.org.au/2017-bushfire-building-conference-registration/.

The Bushfire Building Community Day on Saturday, 9 September will feature a Marketplace of leading local businesses connected to the building and bushfire protection industry, while the highly popular Community Forums will feature a comprehensive and interactive program of panel discussions and presentations. Industry experts and regulators will be on hand to share their knowledge, research, experience and advice with the Blue Mountains community. This is a unique disaster preparedness initiative.

Entry to the Community Forum and Marketplace on Saturday is free and with a whole range of bushfire-related topics to be discussed, BAL-rated product displays, kids’ activities and the unmissable sausage sizzle, this event is not to be missed.

Keep regularly updated with announcements on speakers and the program and follow the official Conference and Community Forum Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/bushfirebuildingconference/.

Major partner is the NSW Rural Fire Service, which has once again provided valuable support for this event. Platinum sponsors are Sonnenschutz and Nilfire; gold sponsors: Architectural Window Systems (AWS) and Warrior Windows & Shutters; and bronze sponsor: Bushfire Consulting Services.

An international team of climate researchers from the US, South Korea and the UK has developed a new wildfire and drought prediction model for southwestern North America. Extending far beyond the current seasonal forecast, this study published in the journal Scientific Reports could benefit the economies with a variety of applications in agriculture, water management and forestry.

Over the past 15 years, California and neighboring regions have experienced heightened conditions and an increase in numbers with considerable impacts on human livelihoods, agriculture, and terrestrial ecosystems. This new research shows that in addition to a discernible contribution from natural forcings and human-induced global warming, the large-scale difference between Atlantic and Pacific ocean temperatures plays a fundamental role in causing droughts, and enhancing wildfire risks.

“Our results document that a combination of processes is at work. Through an ensemble modeling approach, we were able to show that without anthropogenic effects, the droughts in the southwestern United States would have been less severe,” says co-author Axel Timmermann, Director of the newly founded IBS Center for Climate Physics, within the Institute for Basics Science (IBS), and Distinguished Professor at Pusan National University in South Korea. “By prescribing the effects of man-made climate change and observed global ocean temperatures, our model can reproduce the observed shifts in weather patterns and wildfire occurrences.”

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-atlanticpacific-ocean-temperature-difference-fuels.html#jCpAn international team of climate researchers from the US, South Korea and the UK has developed a new wildfire and drought prediction model for southwestern North America. Extending far beyond the current seasonal forecast, this study published in the journal Scientific Reports could benefit the economies with a variety of applications in agriculture, water management and forestry.  

Over the past 15 years, California and neighboring regions have experienced heightened conditions and an increase in numbers with considerable impacts on human livelihoods, agriculture, and terrestrial ecosystems. This new research shows that in addition to a discernible contribution from natural forcings and human-induced global warming, the large-scale difference between Atlantic and Pacific ocean temperatures plays a fundamental role in causing droughts, and enhancing wildfire risks.

“Our results document that a combination of processes is at work. Through an ensemble modeling approach, we were able to show that without anthropogenic effects, the droughts in the southwestern United States would have been less severe,” says co-author Axel Timmermann, Director of the newly founded IBS Center for Climate Physics, within the Institute for Basics Science (IBS), and Distinguished Professor at Pusan National University in South Korea. “By prescribing the effects of man-made climate change and observed global ocean temperatures, our model can reproduce the observed shifts in weather patterns and wildfire occurrences.”

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-atlanticpacific-ocean-temperature-difference-fuels.html#jCp


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