Photo: Wayne Rigg, Country Fire Authority

How can we better model extreme fire behaviour?

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Extreme bushfires are among the most destructive and unpredictable of all natural hazards. They interact with higher levels of the atmosphere, exhibit violent pyroconvection and behave in unexpected ways, which endangers both firefighters and communities. While it is possible to model the types fire behaviour that drive extreme bushfire development, these models can take days to run on supercomputers, which makes them impractical for operational use. This research has developed a new model that can better predict extreme fire behaviour faster, which will help fire agencies keep a step ahead in managing these dangerous bushfires. A/Prof Jason Sharples is speaking about this at the AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ conference in Perth this week. The conference and trade exhibition is the largest in Australasia, with more than 3,000 people expected.

Journal/conference: AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ

Organisation/s: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Funder: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

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