Fire Managers Research Workshop: Wollongong 2006

Fire Managers Research Workshop: Wollongong 2006

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Several international guests joined with more than 200 delegates from all around Australia and New Zealand at the Fire Manager's Research Workshop at Wollongong in July.

The event followed last year's successful workshop in Beechworth, Victoria, and included an even mix of end-users and researchers. The end-users presented alongside the researchers in a program that covered the full spectrum of Bushfire CRC research.

A highlight of the workshop was the display of the research posters - 65 in total - that were put together by the researchers and students. All these posters are now online.

An online survey was conducted after the workshop to gauge satisfaction with the event and there were 80 responses received. Overwhelmingly participants were satisfied with the event - 87% of respondents were either satisfied or extremely satisfied with the overall program

In summary respondents were satisfied with:

  • The posters
  • Opportunity for informal discussion
  • The quality of the presentations
  • CRC researchers and end users together in the research into practice sessions
  • Organisation of the event by CRC staff
  • The opportunity to make contacts with CRC researchers and end users
  • The topics chosen for workshops and presentations
  • Presentations from international guests
  • The field trips – particularly the urban interface field trip hosted by NSW RFS
  • Social functions and events

Respondents would like to see:

  • More opportunity to view the posters
  • More opportunity for formal discussion
  • More discussion following presentations
  • More formal opportunities to meet researcher and end users
  • More presentations from CRC researchers

The comments from respondents will be taken on board in the future planning over research workshops.

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Research Posters

Author Title
'Stay or Go' - legal considerations
Dr Matt Plucinski A 3.1 research update
Prof George Milne A heat transfer model for wildfire spread
Ralph Smith Aerial suppression - an end user’s prespective
Aerial suppression project - an agency perspective
Dr Chris Lucas An Australian fire weather data set: 1957 - 2003
Rohan Sadler An image based method to chart fire driven dynamics in semi arid grasslands
Dr Matt Plucinski Assessment of the application of compressed air foam tankers for grassfire fighting
Phil Lacy Brown line and response of bark to fire
Bushfire asset protection zones
Capability building in volunteers
Adrian Birch Capability building in volunteers
Dr Chris Lucas Comparison of Forest Fire Danger Index from grided and station based data
Bob Leicester CRC research on the interface zone
Decision support mechanisms for fire weather/behaviour
Decision support tools for risk analysis and management of bushfire risk
Dr Kevin Tolhurst Decision support tools for risk management
Dr Danielle Martin Development of satellite vegetation indices to assess grassland curing across Australia and New Zealand
Dr Chris Lucas Development of seasonal fire weather outlook across Australia
Dr Fabienne Reisen Effects of bushfire smoke on fire-fighters and the community
Glenn Elliott Effects of cognitive factors in fighting bushfires
Gerald Elsworth Evaluating community safety programs for bushfire
Liam Fogarty Fire danger rating and fire behaviour prediction - user perspective by DSE Victoria
Prof George Milne Fire spread simulation
Dr Graham Mills Fire Weather and Fire Danger
Dr Peter Ellis Fuel classification progress and adaptation
Ralph Smith Interface issues
Invertebrates and fuel decomposition
Mike Williams Managing fire on conservation lands in SA
Plantation fire protection
Prof Mark Adams Prescribed burning - summary of progress and analysis
Program evaluation a NSW Fire brigades perspectives
Reducing the cause of deliberately lit bushfires
Research measurements and Australian standards for protection against bushfire attack
Josh Whittaker Rural resilience and bushfires in East Gippsland
Dr David Nichols Safety on the Fireground
SES controller development
Smoke Management
Smoke plume modelling
Phil Lacy The brown line and the response of bark to fire
Matthew Phillips The bush fire-fighting test
Dr Fiona Christie The effects of frequent burning on nutrient cycling and invertebrate herbivory
Use of decision support tools for bushfire risk management in NS
Dr Alan Wain User survey to assess requirements, standards and utilisation of smoke forecast modelling
Volatile organic emissions from eucalypts and other fuels – measured using PTRMS
Program A
Author Title
Dr Graham Mills A proposed global early warning system for wildland fire
Development of a field method for assessment of degree of curing in grasslands
Dr Graham Mills PAWS at Wilsons Promontory in April 2005
Dr Matt Plucinski Penetration of persistence of water and foam drops from a medium helicopter
Phoenix – a fire characteristic mapping model
Project FuSE SA
Dr Graham Mills Spatially distributed fire warnings thresholds
Dr Graham Mills Upper level dry air and reduced surface humidity
Wireless wildfire sensor networks
Program B
Author Title
Fire and vegetation patterns in semi-arid southern WA