When a bushfire rages so high it creates its own thunderstorm, it becomes a 'firestorm' and makes life much more difficult for firefighters. We still have a lot to learn about what triggers them, writes Jason Sharples.
After the catastrophic bushfires in Canberra, UNSW researchers made some fascinating discoveries, including what led to a rare fire tornado. The results of their work will be used by fire fighters to save lives in the future.
Australian scientists led by UNSW remote sensing expert Associate Professor LinLin Ge will have access to high resolution images from Chinese satellites, boosting our capacity to respond to natural disasters.