Research leader

Prof Hamish McGowan Research Leader
Wind is a predominant driver of bushfire behaviour contributing to fire intensity and the rate of fire spread over a landscape. Understanding factors that influence wind in the atmospheric boundary layer is critical to accurate prediction of wind speed and direction to enable modelling of bushfire spread, and the risk it presents to fire management personnel and society.
This project will enhance predictive capability and situational awareness through fire reconstruction/technologies to develop a methodology to define and quantify Wind speed Reduction Factors (WRFs) for Australian fuel loads. A review of the current state of knowledge on WRFswill help to develop a methodological framework and methodology to compute updated WRFs for fire prone Australian vegetation communities (fuel types).
The primary outcome of the research will be a nationally consistent methodology for site selection, data collection and data analysis to determine WRFs for key fuel types. This will be achieved first for Queensland.