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.
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.
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.
|Presentation-Slideshow||30 Aug 2016||Effects of FRB/HRB on Subsequent Wildfire Severity and Suppression: 2003 Vic Alpine Fire Case Study - Greg McCarthy||Save (12.77 MB)||fire impacts, fire severity, prescribed burning|
|Presentation-Slideshow||30 Aug 2016||Wind speed reduction induced by post-fire vegetation regrowth - Rachael Quill||Save (4.44 MB)||fire, fire impacts, fire weather|
|HazardNoteEdition||25 Oct 2016||Next generation fire modelling||Save (1.35 MB)||fire impacts, fire severity, fire weather|