Australia faces an ongoing threat from natural and human-made hazards. Historically, bushfires, floods, earthquakes, landslides and cyclones have caused loss of life and significant damage to property and infrastructure. Climate change, coastal erosion, severe weather and storm surges pose an ever increasing threat. While tsunamis and volcanoes are a real threat to the safety and economic stability of the Australian region.
Science can provide critical information to prepare us for a range of possible events by aiding impact management, enhancing mitigation and improving community resilience.
While natural hazards cannot be averted, their consequences can be minimised by implementing mitigation strategies and reducing the potential impact to areas which are most vulnerable. Geoscience Australia is playing an important role in building scientific capacity for analysing natural hazard risks and impacts.