The Science of Disasters, 31 May, Cairns

Key takeaways

  • Local research is essential to developing regional resilience
  • Significant projects and research aimed at strengthening the community was showcased 
  • TNQ Drought Hub sponsored and helped facilitate the forum

Last month, Cairns hosted a pivotal event, “The Science of Disasters: Impact, Resilience, and Recovery in Far North Queensland.” Supported by the TNQ Drought Hub, the forum gathered local researchers, councils, government representatives, industry experts, and organizations to discuss and enhance our region’s resilience to disasters.

Far North Queensland often faces natural disasters that can isolate our communities and harm the environment. Local research is essential to develop ways to make our region stronger and better prepared for these events.

The forum featured presentations and research on disaster impact and resilience, showcasing significant projects aimed at strengthening our community’s ability to withstand and recover from such events.

Key presentations included:

  • Gudju Gudju Fourmile from Abriculture shared invaluable insights on how Traditional Owners have coexisted with disasters for thousands of years.
  • Pip Schroor, CEO of Cape York Natural Resource Management, discussed the effects of disasters on food security and supply chain disruptions.
  • Patrick Driscoll from the Cyclone Testing Stations at James Cook University delivered a crucial keynote on the role of research in mitigating cyclone impacts.

Additional presentations covered the economic impacts of disasters, the effects of heatwaves on the Great Barrier Reef and more.

Attendees made valuable connections that will help our region become more resilient in the future.