Next G fire prediction
This online forum was held on 27 May 2014
Duration: 1 hour
Dr Kevin Tolhurst, Univeristy of Melbourne
Ian French, Geoscience Australia
Dr Mick Meyer, CSIRO
Ralph Smith, lead end user, Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA
Hosted by Tanya Ha, award winning science journalist and former ABC Catalyst Reporter
Research projects covered: Risk Assessment Decision Toolbox, Fire Behaviour Model Prediction (Phoenix RapidFire), Understanding the Distribution of Smoke and Particles
What’s it about?
This collaborative research project has produced the Fire Impact and Risk Evaluation Decision Support Tool (FireDST), a proof of concept simulation system that aims to provide critical fire planning information to emergency services, government and the public. FireDST is an advanced software program that coul;d be used to understand the potential impacts a bushfire may have on community assets, infrastructure and people. FireDST demonstrates the ability to predict the probabilities of both neighbourhood and house loss, as well as the potential health impacts of bushfire smoke and the areas that are likely to be affected by a bushfire.
The Phoenix RapidFire fire spread model has been used as the engine for the FireDST proof of concept. The forum also covered the latest developments in Phoenix RapidFire, as well as what is planned for the future.
The forum aimed to stimulate an interactive discussion between researchers and the audience.
Watch the short video that provides an overview of the proof of concept.
Replay the entire forum
Who can benefit from this research?
- Fire operations staff
- Incident controllers
- Fire behaviour analysts
- Firefighters with an interest in fire spread modelling
Key resources you should know about
- Video - Fire Decision Support Tool: what does it do?
- Fire Note on FireDST - Fire Note 109: Fire impact and risk evaluation
- Fire Note on Phoenix RapidFire - Fire Note 126: Using fire simulations to assess house vulnerability at the urban interface
- Fire Impact and Risk Evaluation Decision Support Tool (FireDST) final report
- Understanding the distribution of smoke and particles final report - Measuring the health impact of bushfire smoke