The Scion fire programme was again in the media during April, with two articles featuring the team’s research.
The first was part of a feature in the Otago Daily Times, on the likelihood of more frequent wildfires like that in Pigeon Valley near Nelson with climate change. The article drew heavily on Scion’s research on projected changes in fire danger (e.g. Update #9 & recent Forestry paper), but also included local and national perspectives from FENZ as well as Lincoln University’s research around flammability of different plant species.
Scion’s work on developing real-time smoke and fire spread modelling tools was the feature of a second article by Radio NZ. This described use of the models at the Nelson fires, as well as the research into testing of the new theory around fire spread.