NZ research at the Fire Behavior & Fuels conference


New Zealand research featured strongly at the recent 6th Fire Behaviour & Fuels conferences. Concurrent conference sessions were held in: Sydney, Australia; Albuquerque, New Mexico in the USA; and Marseilles in France.

NZ researchers attended the Sydney event, where four oral talks and a poster were presented. Scion’s Grant Pearce gave an update on the NZ fire experiments testing the convective fire spread theory, while University of Canterbury’s Marwan Katurji presented on the thermal imagery component of this research.

Scion’s Ilze Pretorius also presented on NZ’s development of real-time fire detection, fire growth and smoke modelling systems, and meteorological conditions associated with the 2017 Port Hills wildfire. A poster on research to produce a wildfire hazard index for NZ, for use in comparing with other hazards, was also presented.

A presentation on the NZ burn experiments was also made by the US Forest Service’s Sara McAllister at the Albuquerque conference.

Extended abstracts for many of the other presentations made at the three conference sessions are available here.


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