Student researcher

Grant Pearce Research Leader

I propose investigating linkages between weather/climate and fire climate severity in New Zealand, as a means of forecasting the occurrence of significant fire weather events and/or seasonal fire severity in advance. This could include investigation of the effects of interannual and longer term variations, such as the ENSO, IPO, SAM or other climate indices, and also climate change on fire danger conditions (fire weather and fire danger ratings) and associated fire risk (i.e. number of fires/area burned). A key feature of the research would be the development of methods and/or tools that could be used by fire managers to predict the occurrence of severe fire weather. The intention is to complete the PhD through published papers, with these being based around different components of the study.