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New 3D simulator predicts how a bushfire will spread in real-time

Spark has the potential to be used operationally for real-time fire spread modelling of bushfires.

Spark has the potential to be used operationally for real-time fire spread modelling of bushfires.

Andrew Sullivan, a member of the team who developed the software, told Mashable Australia Spark is a platform that allows users to collect key information that may influence fire behaviour in one place. It can simulate and model in 3D the spread of a fire front in any given location or weather conditions. After decades of investigating bushfires, for Sullivan the aim of Spark is to “bring all that knowledge in to the 21st Century,” he said. “As a fire researcher, one of the key needs is to have the simulation ability, so you can test fire behaviour models.”…

 

3 vital lessons the Philippine Red Cross learned from Yolanda

MANILA – The three lessons the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) learned were vital in disaster response after its 18-month operations in Yolanda-stricken provinces: speed, access, and collaboration. On Friday, World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, the PRC presented “Haiyan 18 Months On: Lessons for Recovery and Resilience” at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City. “Speed is the name of the game. We have to really be fast in anything or else the next disaster will catch up with you,” PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang said in an interview. In fact, she said, the PRC was already on the ground ahead of the typhoon. Officials were sending alerts to its local chapters and preparing them for the impact…

 

Typhoon Noul hits the Philippines forcing evacuations

A powerful typhoon has hit the north-east Philippines, in Cagayan province, killing two people and cutting electricity supplies to many parts of the region. Warnings of flash floods, landslides and storm surges forced thousands of people to higher ground. Noul is the strongest storm to hit the Philippines so far this year. The storm, with wind speeds of 220km/h (137mph), is expected to move towards Taiwan and Japan on Tuesday. The Philippines sees frequent extreme weather – more than 7,000 people were killed when Typhoon Haiyan struck in 2013…

 

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