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Project leadership

This project was commissioned and funded entirely by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria.

Posters credited

Nature Abhors Curvature - Fires Included! Modelling Spot Fire Coalescence

Spotting can be the dominant fire propagation mechanism during times of extreme fire weather. Spot fires can merge and collapse on one another creating regions of deep flaming, which produce violent pyroconvection. Understanding and modelling the intrinsic dynamics of spot fire coalescence is an important step in providing ways of mitigating the effects of extreme fires.

James Hilton Conference Poster 2016

Predictive models of natural hazards have become a necessity for emergency management, mitigation and adaptation planning.

Experimental investigation of junction fire dynamics, with and without wind

Junction fires occur when two oblique fire lines intersect with one another. The interaction of the two fire lines means that junction fires can exhibit unexpected fire behaviour, with enhanced rates of spread in the vicinity of the junction point. Quantifying these interactions is essential for the development of next generation fire spread models, which will allow prediction of dynamic fire propagation.

Resources credited

Type Released Title Download Key Topics
Presentation-Slideshow 24 Oct 2016 Fire coalescence and mass spot fire dynamics Save (4.18 MB) fire, fire impacts, fire weather
HazardNoteEdition 25 Oct 2016 Next generation fire modelling Save (1.35 MB) fire impacts, fire severity, fire weather

All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook