A video of a presentation by visiting fire scientist Mark Finney, of the US Forest Service’s Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, has been loaded onto the Rural Fire Research webpage.
In this presentation, Mark describes their new theory on fire spread and the large-scale field experiments being run in New Zealand to test this theory.
The presentation was given during the first phase of a major international collaboration that is examining how heat transfer, fluid mechanics and weather combine to allow a fire to spread in real world conditions. Over the next four years, various vegetation types will be burnt in an attempt to unlock the mysteries of fire behaviour with the aim of improving models for predicting wildfires.
Access the video here.