Dr Alex Holmes

Completed PhD student
Dr Alex Holmes

Dr Alex Holmes completed his PhD in 2018 at the University of Melbourne on the effects of soil moisture, temperature and precipitation extremes on fire risk and intensity in an Australian context. His research has provided agencies with a better understanding of the mechanics behind soil moisture deficits and their influence on fire intensity. Before starting his PhD, Alex completed his Masters in atmospheric sciences and meteorology in Switzerland.

He now works as a research officer at NSW Rural Fire Service where he is responsible for producing computer programs and code to manipulate and create datasets as well as analyse their physical properties.

Student project

This project investigated the conditions leading to forest fires and their effect on fire intensity. The relationship between soil moisture and high temperature anomalies leading to increased forest fire risk was used to produce fire intensity risk maps, which will improve fire risk estimation and the forest fire danger indices.
Supervisory panel:
27 Aug 2019
The Australian Fire Danger Rating System Program is building a new fire danger rating system.
Investigating the effect of soil moisture, temperature and precipitation extremes on fires risk and intensity in Australia
19 Sep 2018
The frequency of extreme events such as heatwaves are expected to increase due to the effect of...
Variability of soil moisture proxies and hot days across the climate regimes of Australia
29 Jun 2017
Extreme temperature and deficits in soil moisture provide ideal conditions for bushfires. The...
Alex Holmes Conference Poster 2016
14 Aug 2016
Extreme temperature and deficits in soil moisture provide ample conditions for bushfires.
Improving Fire Risk Estimation through Investigating Fire Intensity, Moisture and Temperature Anomalies
18 Aug 2015
The accuracy of FDI's are largely dependent on their input variables and advancements in remote...

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