Research leader

Mika Peace
Dr Mika Peace Research Leader

Research team

Jeff Kepert
Dr Jeff Kepert Research Team
Paul Fox-Hughes
Paul Fox-Hughes Research Team
Barry Hanstrum Research Team
Dr Dragana Zovko-Rajak Research Team
Abhik Santra Research Team
Jesse Greenslade Research Team

End User representatives

John Bally End-User
Laurence McCoy End-User
Mike Wouters
Mike Wouters End-User
Mark Chladil
Mark Chladil End-User
Dr Sarah Harris End-User

The 2019-20 fire season resulted in unprecedented fire activity across multiple states. Climate drivers and extended drought producing dry, flammable fuels were a key mechanism driving the broad spatial extent and prolonged nature of the campaign fires. However, on several high-end days embedded in the season, when Severe to Catastrophic fire danger was forecast, fire behaviour occurred that first responders and communities were unprepared for.

This project will simulate five of the most impactful events from the 2019-20 fire season using the coupled fire-atmosphere model ACCESS-Fire to investigate the processes and impacts of fire-atmosphere interactionsThe fire case studies are: Yanchep (WA), Cooryong (Victoria), Kangaroo Island (SA), Stanthorpe (Qld) and Badja (NSW). The project will conduct a preliminary analysis of all simulations, and following discussion with stakeholders, a deeper analysis of the scientifically most interesting. This will further progress development and awareness of ACCESS-Fire capability. Continued application of the coupled model is consistent with growing international interest in understanding and prediction of fire-atmosphere feedbacks in a changing climate with increasingly frequent extreme fire events.