The Scion fire team’s research has continued to feature in the media in recent weeks, particularly following the Nelson/Tasman wildfires and release of local and international reports on the role of greenhouse gas emissions in increasing climate change impacts, including wildfire risk.
An article for Farmers Weekly describes Scion research on testing the new fire behaviour theory and development of real-time fire prediction tools, including smoke modelling, and a prescribed burn training module for farmers and others who light fires.
An article in NZ Logger magazine also described how the conditions that helped fuel the Pigeon Valley fire could become more common with climate change. In the immediate aftermath of the fire, the issue of fire breaks in plantation forests and on surrounding farmlands generated a lot of discussion in the media (also see comments at bottom of the following article). Grant Pearce provided a summary of the science around the role of fire breaks in a piece for the Science Media Centre’s Sciblogs webpage.
Two stories on fire research also featured in the latest (March 2019) issue of Scion’s Connections newsletter. One on the team’s description of fire danger and fuel conditions contributing to the Tasman forest fires and work producing smoke forecasts for the fires, and the other on the social research highlighting the new urban audience for wildfire messaging.