Predicting bushfire activity in Australia from El nino/southern oscillation events

A. K. Skidmore*

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Abstract

Seasons of increased bushfire activity in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania are shown to be significantly related to the occurrence of El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. ENSO events can be predicted up to 18 months before they occur using meteorological satellites and ship weather observations. Bushfire fighting authorities and the public can therefore be warned of the forthcoming seasonal bushfire hazard, which may lead to reduced bushfire damage and decreased public expenditure on fire fighting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-235
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Forestry
Volume50
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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