Extreme bushfires explained online
Last week hundreds of people around Australia tuned in to the livestream of Mercury Rising: Extreme Bushfires to see a panel of Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC experts discuss the science of bushfires.
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC teamed with the South Australia’s Country Fire Service and Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources for this RiAus event.
The audience was involved as well, choosing the direction of the discussion in a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style storyline. Both the live audience at The Science Exchange in Adelaide and viewers of the livestream were able to take part using their smartphones or tablets.
The event was promoted widely throughout South Australia’s regional areas. Many of those tuning in were watching as part of group meetings for rural fire brigades and land management offices.
Speakers included BNHCRC researchers 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.
The presentations and video are currently being edited and will be online soon at the BNHCRC and RiAus websites.