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Next G fire prediction online forum

By: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Category: Partnerships, Planning & Research

  6.44 PM 21 May, 2014

Location: General

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Join leading researchers and industry representatives in interactive discussion for the second Bushfire CRC Research To Drive Change online forum on Tuesday 21 May at 1pm.

Hosted by science journalist and former ABC Catalyst reporter Tanya Ha, the topic is Next G Fire Prediction, and you can register for freehere. Researchers Dr Kevin Tolhurst (University of Melbourne), Ian French (Geoscience Australia) and Dr Mick Meyer (CSIRO) will join lead end user Ralph Smith (DFES WA) to discuss the Fire Impact and Risk Evaluation Decision Support Tool (FireDST).

This collaborative research project produced 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 could 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. Tune in to hear about the latest developments in Phoenix RapidFire, as well as what is planned for the future.

The forum is open to everyone with an interest in fire prediction modeling, and aims to stimulate an interactive discussion between researchers and the audience. A short video will also be played to provide an overview of the research findings.

Key resources you should know about for this forum are available on the Bushfire CRC website. This includes a Fire Note (research summary) and a detailed report.

Got a question for the presenters? During the forum you can ask a question on Twitter using #bushfirecrc

More information is available on the Bushfire CRC event page. The Bushfire CRC is excited about the Research To Drive Change online forums, and believes they are an important step in achieving the recognition the science deserves.

Last Updated: 21 May 2014