Category Archives: media

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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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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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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Australian bushfires generate huge interest in NZ

Media coverage around the bushfires raging in New South Wales and Queensland generated significant interest here in NZ, not only from firefighters being deployed to help out, or those with families in or close to the fire areas, but also … Continue reading

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Scion research features in climate change coverage

Scion climate scientist, Nathanael Melia, was asked for comment recently on the fires in the Amazon basin. He provided comment for the Science Media Centre, and was also interviewed on Radio NZ. Nathanael made specific mention of the important role … Continue reading

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Northland fire hui and fair day

Working with whānau from Ngāti Te Aukiwa, the Waitaruke Marae Committee and Fire & Emergency New Zealand (FENZ), scientists from Scion and Te Tira Whakamātaki (The Maori Biosecurity Network) hosted two days of fire-related events on 2-3 August, with the … Continue reading

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Fire research again in the media

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 … Continue reading

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More media coverage for fire research

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 … Continue reading

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Fire Research website updates

With all the media coverage lately around the Nelson/Tasman fires, and future fire risk with climate change, Scion’s rural fire research programme has received lots of attention. In an effort to capture this, the Rural Fire Research website has been … Continue reading

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Latest Tasman fire – predictions of what might have happened

Predictions of potential fire growth made by Scion’s fire team have been used to illustrate what could have happened during the latest Tasman forest fire. Veronica Clifford modelled potential fire growth using the Prometheus fire simulation model. One of her … Continue reading

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