Fire and fire weather

This group aims to better understand, model and predict wildfires and the related weather and climate. Current projects include high-resolution downscaling of fire weather, coupled atmosphere-fire modelling with ACCESS, and high-resolution modelling of pyro-convection and pyro-tornadoes. On longer timescales scales, the group relates Australian wildfire activity with large-scale climate phenomena such as the El Niño - Southern Oscillation, and develops systems for the prediction of seasonal wildfire activity.

Research Team

Prof Michael Reeder

Fire weather, high-resolution wildfire simulation, pyro-convection.

Prof Neville Nicholls

Climate - wildfire links and prediction of seasonal wildfire activity.

Prof Nigel Tapper

Fire energy characteristics, fire weather and climate.

Dr Sarah Harris

Variability and change in fire weather, climate-wildfire links and prediction of seasonal wildfire activity.