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A/Prof Kevin Tolhurst
Researcher
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About

Dr Kevin Tolhurst is an Associate Professor in Fire Ecology and Management in the  Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne and has been a member of the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre. Kevin provides expert advice on fire behaviour and fire suppression strategies at major bushfires. Recent examples include the Black Saturday fires in Victoria in 2009, and the Great Divide Fires in 2007. Dr Tolhurst has been involved in several inquiries and court cases involving fires including: Linton Coronial Inquiry, Canberra Coronial Inquiry, House of Representative 2003 Inquiry, 2005 Wangary Coronial Inquiry S.A., the 2008 Parliamentary Inquiry into the 2007 fires in Victoria and the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. Assoc Prof Tolhurst’s current research activities are centred around developing a bushfire risk management decision support system that can be used nationally.

Project leadership

This project was commissioned and funded entirely by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria.
Research team:
Year Type Citation
2016 Conference Paper Quill, R. et al. Wind speed reduction induced by post-fire vegetation regrowth. AFAC16 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Conference Paper Tolhurst, K. G. & McCarthy, G. J. Effect of prescribed burning on wildfire severity - a landscape case study from the 2003 fires in Victoria. AFAC16 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2015 Journal Article Duff, T. J., Chong, D. & Tolhurst, K. G. Erratum to “Using discrete event simulation cellular automata models to determine multi-mode travel times and routes of terrestrial suppression resources to wildland fires". European Journal of Operational Research 245, 339-340 (2015).
2015 Journal Article Duff, T. J., Chong, D. & Tolhurst, K. G. Using discrete event simulation cellular automata models to determine multi-mode travel times and routes of terrestrial suppression resources to wildland fires. European Journal of Operational Research 241, 763-770 (2015).
2013 Report Chong, D., Tolhurst, K. G., Duff, T. J. & Cirulis, B. Sensitivity Analysis of PHOENIX RapidFire. (2013).
2013 Journal Article Duff, T. J., Chong, D. & Tolhurst, K. G. Quantifying spatio-temporal differences between fire shapes: Estimating fire travel paths for the improvement of dynamic spread models. Environmental Modelling & Software 46, 33-43 (2013).
2012 Report Chong, D., Duff, T. J. & Tolhurst, K. G. Evaluation of weather data at different spatial and temporal scales on fire behaviour prediction using PHOENIX RapidFire 4.0 - Kilmore Case Study. (2012).
2012 Journal Article Duff, T. J., Chong, D., Taylor, P. & Tolhurst, K. G. Procrustes based metrics for spatial validation and calibration of two-dimensional perimeter spread models: A case study considering fire. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 160, 110 - 117 (2012).
2012 Report Chong, D., Tolhurst, K. G. & Duff, T. J. Incorporating Vertical Winds into PHOENIX RapidFire's Ember Dispersal Model. (2012).
2012 Report Chong, D., Tolhurst, K. G. & Duff, T. J. PHOENIX RapidFire 4.0's Convective Plume Model. (2012).
2012 Report Chong, D., Tolhurst, K. G. & Duff, T. J. PHOENIX RapidFire 4.0 Convection and Ember Dispersal Model. (2012).
2011 Conference Proceedings Tolhurst, K. G. & Chong, D. Assessing Potential House Losses Using PHOENIX RapidFire. Bushfire CRC & AFAC 2011 Conference Science Day (2011). at <http://www.bushfirecrc.com/resources/pages-74-86-assessing-potential-house-losses>
2011 Journal Article Hollis, J. J. et al. The Effect of Fireline Intensity on Woody Fuel Consumption in Southern Australian Eucalypt Forest Fires. Australian Forestry 74, 81-96 (2011).
2010 Journal Article Hollis, J. J. et al. Testing woody fuel consumption models for application in Australian southern eucalypt forest fires. Forest Ecology and Management 260, 948 - 964 (2010).
2010 Journal Article Miehs, A., York, A., Tolhurst, K. G., Di Stefano, J. & Bell, T. Sampling downed coarse woody debris in fire-prone eucalypt woodlands. Forest Ecology and Management 259, 440 - 445 (2010).
2010 Conference Proceedings Hollis, J. J. et al. Assessing woody fuel consumption models for application in Australian forest fires. VI International Conference on Forest Fire Research, Coimbra, Portugal (2010).
2006 Journal Article Tolhurst, K. G., Anderson, W. R. & Gould, J. S. Woody fuel consumption experiments in an undisturbed forest. Forest Ecology and Management 234, S109 - S109 (2006).

Posters credited

Trent Penman Conference Poster 2016


The bushfire behaviour and management group of the University of Melbourne is conducting a project to identify the thresholds beyond which dynamic fire behaviour becomes a dominant factor and determine the combination of conditions for such behaviours to occur.

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Kevin Tolhurst Conference Poster 2016


This project aims to better describe the nature of bushfires, especially very severe ones, and the effect of land-use planning responses in reducing bushfire risk across a wide range of values and assets.

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