Bushfires

Climate change is increasing the risk of extreme fire weather in Australia and other parts of the world. The scientific consensus is that the unprecedented scale of the devastating Australia ‘Black Summer’ bushfires in late 2019 and early 2020 were a result of the influence of climate change. These fires were a major threat to human health, both directly through the fires and through hazardous bushfire smoke, which exposed large population centres to dangerous levels of air pollution. Other parts of the world including Europe, Southeast Asia, the Amazon, and most recently California, have also been affected by devastating wildfires exacerbated by climate change. The influence of climate change means such events are likely to increase in scale and frequency in the future.

Professor

Wenbiao Hu

Professor
School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology
Air quality
Bushfires
Disease modelling
Environmental health
Public health monitoring and surveillance
Dr

Arnagretta Hunter

BA (Hons) MBBS MPH FRACP
Dr
ANU
Bushfires
Health services
Heatwaves
Non-communicable disease
Urban climate
Dr

Susie Burke

PhD FAPS
Dr
Susie Burke Psychology
Bushfires
Co-benefits
Heatwaves
Mental health
Science communication
Associate Professor

Geoff Morgan

Associate Professor
University of Sydney
Air quality
Bushfires
Co-benefits
Environmental health
Heatwaves
Professor

Stefan Trueck

Professor
Macquarie University
Adaptation strategies
Bushfires
Climate extremes
Economic assessments
Energy policy
Professor

Sotiris Vardoulakis

Professor
Australian National University
Adaptation strategies
Air quality
Bushfires
Environmental health
Non-communicable disease
Professor

Jason Evans

Professor
Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW
Atmospheric science
Bushfires
Climate extremes
Climate modelling
Climate observations
Dr

Bec Harris

Dr
University of Tasmania
Adaptation strategies
Agriculture / farming
Bushfires
Climate extremes
Heatwaves
Dr

Ivan Hanigan

Dr
The University of Sydney
Air quality
Bushfires
Climate extremes
Heatwaves
Mental health
Professor

Lidia Morawska

Professor
International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, Queensland University of Technology
Air quality
Atmospheric science
Bushfires
Climate extremes
Environmental health