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Victoria Heinrich

School of Psychological Sciences, University of Tasmania

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Victoria J. Heinrich, Vicki is a psychological sciences PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Drawing on her interest in human behaviour and decision-making, and experience as a weather observer working around Australian and Antarctica, Vicki’s research focuses on how, when, and why people use environmental information, their weather hazard risk perceptions, warning responses, and protective decisions. This research develops evidence-based knowledge of weather information use and related decision-making in Australia and southern Polar Regions and is endorsed by the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), a project of the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) World Weather Research Programme (WWRP). Vicki’s research enhances our understanding of weather user contexts and needs, the challenges and risks of outdoor activities in remote and extreme environments, decision-making under uncertainty, and the training, skills, information, and resources needed to enhance human safety. Findings may contribute to tailored weather and warning services development, improving training and education, reducing operational risks, and assisting people with making safer decisions during extreme weather events.

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