The initial phase of this project which commenced in June 2010, was a case study on the Kangaroo Island 2007 bushfires. The completed study focuses on three separate days of significant fire activity during the fire campaign. It describes how the changes in broad scale meteorology were modified by the islands environment, hence impacting the observed fire behaviour. The second phase will be to run the Weather Research and Forecasting model.
The North Australian Fire Management Group met at the Kimberley Grand Hotel in Kununurra from 15-16 June. It was hosted by Western Australia's Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA), the WA Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and the Bushfire CRC.
A seminar on “Fire danger rating in Canada: a new generation of the Canadian Fire Danger Rating System” was presented by Dr Mike Wotton, Canadian Forest Service in June.
Fire managers face a multitude of competing priorities when considering how to reduce losses from future fires. With limited funds, an increasing population to protect from bushfire, and more people living in bushfire-prone areas, fire managers face a significant resource-allocation challenge. Knowing which risk-mitigation strategies provide the best value for money is therefore of great benefit.
Roadside burning in the Kimberley presentation for NAFM Meeting by FESA
Presentation at North Australian Fire Managers' Forum - Remote Sensed Mapping of Fire Severity in the Tropical Savannas of Northern Australia
Fire danger rating in Canada: a new generation of the Canadian Fire Danger Rating System - a seminar with Dr Mike Wotton, Canadian Forest Service.
Dr Wotton presented this seminar at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences - Bushfire Dynamics and Applications, Canberra, on 2 June 2011.
Valerie is a Bushfire CRC PhD student at the University of Sydney studying the interactions between fire and woody legumes in Australian south-eastern forests.
Gary Sheridan from the University of Melbourne is conducting Bushfire CRC research into bushfire threats to water quality.