ECM Faculty Focus
The Faculty is pleased to offer our congratulations to Professor George Milne (School of Computer Science and Software Engineering) and Professor John Dold (University of Manchester) who have received ARC Linkage Project funding of AU $220 000 for the project “Simulation Technology for Modelling Extreme Bushfire Behaviour”.
This project will be carried out in collaboration with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia and with Landgate, WA.
Extreme fires cause immeasurable damage to communities through destruction of homes and damage to infrastructure. Large, highly intense fires reduce biodiversity, take decades for recovery, increase greenhouse gas emissions and reduce carbon storage capacity. Climate change is likely to increase the frequency of extreme fire weather increasing the need for reliable fire spread prediction under extreme conditions and to reduce impact by preparedness and suppression. Incorporating an evidence-based fire spread model into a fire location forecasting system will give fire agencies early warning of potentially disastrous fires, enable early response to prevent fires and mitigate the consequence to life, property and the environment.