Grant success with Bushfire and National Hazards CRC

The Bushfire and National Hazards CRC and its predecessors have been supporting research in the Faculty of Science since 2013. Recently, the BNHCR gave funding for three projects out of the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences.

The Bushfire and National Hazards CRC (BNHCRC) began in 2013 to research and build a disaster-resilient Australia. Over recent years, the research centre supported some of the early development of Phoenix Rapidfire, the bushfire simulator tool, and other fire behaviour research programs.

Over the past year, aside from ongoing projects, the BNHCR funded three new projects out of the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences. Tom Duff received funding for an extension on his existing project “Determining threshold conditions for extreme fire behaviour” and to establish a new project, “Identifying planned burn windows”. Trent Penman also had success with a new project on the “Impact of catastrophic fires from powerlines.”

The University’s bushfire research has had a major impact on how bushfire risk is managed, including in the development and improvement of the fire danger rating system to better predicting fire risk to people and property.

One of the major programs within the BNHCRC is the Extreme Fire Behaviour Project to look at better predicting extreme fire behaviours associated with high loss of property and life. The BNHCRC is also a key partner in the Prescribed Burning Toolbox, a collaborative project between the University of Melbourne, the University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University. This project seeks to determine the best approach to fuel management across diverse landscapes.

The work of the BNHCRC is allowing researchers and partners to work closely together and ensure that research is embedded into the planning, policies and operations of hazard management. This combined is helping to build disaster resistant communities across Australia.