A/Prof Trent Penman

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A/Prof Trent Penman

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This study is identifying the thresholds beyond which dynamic fire behaviour becomes a dominant factor, the effects that these dynamic effects have on the overall power output of a fire, and the impacts that such dynamic effects have on fire severity. This will necessarily include consideration of other factors such as how fine fuel moisture varies across a landscape. The research team is investigating the conditions and processes under which bushfire behaviour undergoes major transitions, including fire convection and plume dynamics, evaluating the consequences of eruptive fire behaviour (spotting, convection driven wind damage, rapid fire spread) and determining the combination of conditions for such behaviours to occur (unstable atmosphere, fuel properties and weather conditions).
Research team:
This project was commissioned and funded entirely by Energy Networks Australia and is aiming to create a standardised approach for assessing the cost of catastrophic bushfires that involve powerlines.
Research team:
Extreme fire behaviours: Surveying fire management staff to determine behaviour frequencies and importance
19 Sep 2018
Extreme fire behaviours (EFBs) are phenomena that occur within intense fires that have been shown...
From hectares to tailor-made solutions
19 Sep 2018
How does the diverse and changing biophysical, climatic and human context of southern Australia...
From hectares to tailor-made solutions for prescribed burning
30 Jun 2017
How does prescribed burning effectiveness in mitigating risk depend on the diverse and changing...
Gaining benefits from adversity: standardising data obtained from bushfires
29 Jun 2017
The limited availability of high quality data about bushfires restricts the rate at which research...
Trent Penman Conference Poster 2016
14 Aug 2016
The bushfire behaviour and management group of the University of Melbourne is conducting a project...
Ross Bradstock Conference Poster 2016
14 Aug 2016
This project will deliver a prescribed burning atlas to guide implementation of ‘tailor-made’...
Trent Penman Conference Poster 2016
14 Aug 2016
Bushfire management involves making decisions about complex issues that involve people, communities...
Delivering Effective Prescribed Burning Across Southern Australia
18 Aug 2015
Although many jurisdictions are committed to prescribed burning, we do not understand its effects...

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