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Project Vesta: Fire in Dry Eucalypt Forest

Fuel Structure, Fuel Dynamics and Fire Behaviour

by JS Gould(ed.) ; WL McCaw(ed.) ; NP Cheney(ed.) ; PF Ellis(ed.) ; IK Knight(ed.) ; AL Sullivan(ed.)
Project Vesta: Fire in Dry Eucalypt Forest by JS Gould
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Project Vesta was a comprehensive research project to investigate the behaviour and spread of high-intensity bushfires in dry eucalypt forests with different fuel ages and understorey vegetation structures. The project was designed to quantify age-related changes in fuel attributes and fire behaviour in dry eucalypt forests typical of southern Australia.The four main scientific aims of Project Vesta were: To quantify the changes in the behaviour of fire in dry eucalypt forest as fuel develops with age (i.e. time since fire); To characterise wind speed profiles in forest with different overstorey and understorey vegetation structure in relation to fire behaviour; To develop new algorithms describing the relationship between fire spread and wind speed, and fire spread and fuel characteristics including load, structure and height; and to develop a National Fire Behaviour Prediction System for dry eucalypt forests.These aims have been addressed through a program of experimental burning and associated studies at two sites in the south-west of Western Australia.
CSIRO Publishing; August 2008
228 pages; ISBN 9780643102774
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Title: Project Vesta: Fire in Dry Eucalypt Forest
Author: JS Gould; WL McCaw; NP Cheney; PF Ellis; IK Knight; AL Sullivan