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2 mins read 17 Nov 2019

Space Junk - Space and Bushfire Management (with Professor John Handmer)

Space Junk - Space and Bushfire Management (with Professor John Handmer)

Annie and John Handmer in black and white

Introduction

In this week’s episode, I interrupt the normal scheduling to bring you a special episode on space and bushfires. It seems that despite the technological advances that space has brought, we are still at the whim of nature when it comes to natural disasters. Or are we?

To help me answer this question, I tracked down the best expert I know to tell me about the ongoing bushfire situation in Australia, and how space-enabled technologies can assist efforts to predict, manage, and assess the impact of bushfires. It just so happens that he is also my Uncle.

Professor John Handmer is an Emeritus Professor with the RMIT School of Science and has qualifications and experience in human geography, economics, and law. Recently named Australia’s top researcher in emergency management, he chairs the Scientific Committee of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Program of ISC (International Council of Science and the UNDRR), and is, or has recently been, on a number of Australian advisory bodies, which cover climate change adaptation, disaster risk and resilience, and most recently the National Vulnerability Profile project. John also ran the Bushfire CRC's communities research program and the post-Black Saturday human dimensions research.

Space Junk Podcast

Annie Handmer, currently doing a Ph.D. on international cooperation in Space, shares her conversations with people working in niche areas of the Astro industry around the world. Sometimes topical, sometimes philosophical, and always fascinating, Space Junk Podcast is an eclectic collection of insights into the Space world that will leave you with a new perspective on the final frontier.

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