We’re pioneering improved understanding of bushfire and associated processes, and their relation to firefighter and community safety.
UNSW Canberra Bushfire Research Group is driving breakthroughs in fundamental and applied research into bushfire behaviour and propagation, including coupled/dynamic effects. We're developing scientifically rigorous models that integrate with fire safety and risk management systems.
The extreme fire conditions occurring in Australia are unprecedented due to prolonged drought, scorching temperatures, and strong winds. There are significant ecological, economic, health, and social costs associated with this extreme weather, which creates catastrophic bushfire conditions that exceed known firefighting technologies.
Active areas of research include:
Australia’s Black Summer introduced us to the phenomenon of the ‘pyrocumulonimbus’, otherwise known as a firestorm. UNSW Canberra bushfire researchers hope that discovering why this phenomenon occurs will ensure that we don’t see a repeat of this devastating bushfire season.
Understand fundamental aspects of bushfire behaviour and propagation, including coupled/dynamic effects. Develop scientifically rigorous models that integrate with fire safety and risk management systems.
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