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Innovation is everywhere – and technology is distrupting our lives faster than ever before. But what happens when we cross innovative technology with the climate crisis and the impact of more intense disasters? In this episode, Andrew and Josh speak with Associate Professor Roslyn Prinsley, Head of Disasters Solutions at the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions at the Australian National University.

Roslyn shares her experience living in Canberra during the Black Summer bushfires, and how the impact of the smoke prompted her into action, to look at new research and innovative technology to reduce or even prevent disasters. The team at ANU are currently working on surveillance technology to monitor for lightning ignition of bushfires, and then use drones to extinguish the fires at the source. Roslyn also discusses weather manipulation, hail cannons, cloud seeding, deflecting cyclones and early detection of earthquakes.

Tune in as we look to the future on Me, Myself & Disaster.

Learn more about Roslyn’s research into innovative disaster solutions here.

A/Prof Roslyn Prinsley

Associate Professor Roslyn Prinsley is the Head, Disaster Solutions at the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions. She is an Associate Professor in the Practice of Research Leadership and Disaster Risk. Roslyn holds a Bachelor of Science, a Diploma of Education (Science), a PhD in photosynthesis, and a Masters in Intellectual Property Law and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has published over 90 books and reports. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Maths Pathway.