Forest fire occurrence and modeling in Southeastern Australia

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    Abstract

    Forest fire is one of the major environmental disturbances for the Australian continent. Identification of occurrence patterns of large fires, fire mapping, determination of fire spreading mechanisms, and fire effect modeling are some of the best measures to plan and mitigate fire effects. This chapter describes fire occurrence in New South Wales (Australia), the Australian National Bushfire Model Project (ANBMP), fire propagation modeling methods, the McArthur’s model and current forest fire modeling approaches in the state of New South Wales of Australia. Among the established fire models, PHOENIX Rapidfire predicts fire spread and facilitates loss and damage assessments as the model considers many environmental and social variables. Two fire spread models, SPARK and Amicus, have been developed and facilitated fire spread mapping and modeling in Australia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationForest fire
    EditorsJanusz Szmyt
    PublisherInTechOpen
    Chapter5
    Pages95-109
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)9781789230734, 9781789230727
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2018

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    Keywords

    • fire modeling
    • fire occurrence
    • PHOENIX Rapidfire
    • simulation
    • SPARK

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