Category Archives: media

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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Nelson forest fire puts Scion fire research in the spotlight

The major wildfire that has burned 2300 ha of forest and surrounding grassland at Pigeon Valley near Wakefield has resulted in much publicity for Scion’s rural fire research. Scion fire scientist Veronica Clifford worked as part of the Incident Management … Continue reading

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More media coverage – risk of wildfires vs other hazards

The Scion fire team recently gained more media attention, with an article published in the January issue of North & South magazine (and online on Noted) on the risks from natural hazards to property in New Zealand. The story was … Continue reading

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Special journal issue on Port Hills wildfire

Scion’s Rural Fire Research team made a significant contribution to the latest issue of the Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, which focuses on the February 2017 Port Hills wildfire. Social scientist Lisa Langer was a guest editor, and … Continue reading

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