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Drones provide added dimension to monitoring experimental burns

Scion and the University of Canterbury’s UAV teams were on hand to help during the Rural Fire Research team’s recent gorse burn experiments at Rakaia Gorge in March. There were up to five craft in the air at once monitoring … Continue reading

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Gorse experimental burns successful

(Credit: D. Geddes, FENZ) As reported in a previous blog, Scion’s fire team along with its research collaborators from the US Forest Service, San Jose State University and the University of Canterbury, and staff and volunteer firefighters from Fire Emergency … Continue reading

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April seasonal fire climate outlooks now available

The April 2020 seasonal fire danger outlooks have just been produced, with the outlooks now available for each of the North and South Islands for the April – June period. These outlooks provide a heads-up on how fire danger conditions … Continue reading

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Paper published on weather conditions associated with the 2017 Port Hills wildfire

(Photo credit: Rebuild Christchurch) Scion rural fire research team members, with the help of collaborators at the University of Canterbury, recently published an article entitled: “A Meteorological Study of the Port Hills Fire, Christchurch, New Zealand”, in the Journal of … Continue reading

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Gorse research burns underway

After more than 18 months preparation, the first of the research burns in gorse scrub fuels have been successfully conducted. The burns are the second phase of experiments to test the convective fire spread theory, following the completion of crop … Continue reading

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Scion smoke model predicts more Aus bushfire smoke for NZ

Scion has continued its development of the New Zealand BlueSky Framework smoke forecasting model. In the latest runs, it predicts smoke from the Australia bushfires to impact NZ again over the next few days. The purpose of the NZ BlueSky … Continue reading

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Fire researchers on RNZ’s ‘Our Changing World’

(Photo credit: AFP) Members of Scion’s rural fire research team recently appeared on Radio NZ’s Our Changing World, speaking about the increasing frequency and severity of wildfires and how many NZers are underprepared. Scion’s Lisa Langer, Grant Pearce and Tara … Continue reading

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Funding for fire climate change research translation

Photo: Homes amongst wilding trees in the Queenstown Red Zone (Credit: Jamie Cowan). Scion was successful recently with a proposal to the Ministry for Primary Industry’s Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) funding round. The aim of this 18-month … Continue reading

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Funding for kāuta design project

Scion, in partnership with the Tau Iho I Te Po Trust, were recently successful in obtaining Vision Mātauranga funding. The 3-year project, entitled “Kāuta: He hononga mo te tangata manaaki” (Traditional hearths: Bringing people together), is about creating engagement as … Continue reading

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January seasonal fire climate outlooks available

The January 2020 seasonal fire danger outlooks have been produced, with the outlooks for each of the North and South Islands for January – March now available. These provide a heads-up on how fire danger conditions are tracking in different … Continue reading

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