Our research

We’re pioneering improved understanding of bushfire and associated processes, and their relation to firefighter and community safety.

Canberra Bushfire Research Group is driving breakthroughs in fundamental and applied research into bushfire behaviour and propagation, including coupled/dynamic effects. We're developing scientifically rigorous models that integrate with fire safety and risk management systems.

The extreme fire conditions occurring in Australia are unprecedented due to prolonged drought, scorching temperatures, and strong winds. There are significant ecological, economic, health, and social costs associated with this extreme weather, which creates catastrophic bushfire conditions that exceed known firefighting technologies.

Active areas of research include:

  • dynamic fire propagation
  • extreme fire development, including firestorm occurrence
  • fuel accumulation modelling
  • severe fire weather events
  • fire behaviour modelling
  • development of stochastic fire behaviour models
  • development of computationally efficient fire propagation models that incorporate pyro convective feedback
  • bushfire risk at the wildland-urban interface
  • climate change and fire extremes

Study with us

PhD in Bushfire Dynamics/Fire Weather

Understand fundamental aspects of bushfire behaviour and propagation, including coupled/dynamic effects. Develop scientifically rigorous models that integrate with fire safety and risk management systems.

With a degree, you can participate in effecting positive change within your community, and across the globe.