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Fire behaviour modelling in Tasmanian buttongrass moorlands .1. Fuel characteristics


Marsden-Smedley, JB and Catchpole, WR, Fire behaviour modelling in Tasmanian buttongrass moorlands .1. Fuel characteristics, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 5, (4) pp. 203-214. ISSN 1049-8001 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/WF9950203


As part of a program to develop fire management strategies for Tasmanian buttongrass moorlands fuel characteristics were sampled from a wide range of sites in western and southwestern Tasmania. Equations were developed to predict the total fuel loading and the dead fuel loading. These variables are shown in a subsequent paper to be correlated with fire behaviour. The best predictors of fuel loading were found to be geology, vegetation age (i.e. time since the last fire) and vegetation cover. Vegetation cover is difficult to assess consistently. It is shown that reasonable predictions can be male using age and geology alone. The dead fuel loading of a given age was found to be strongly related to the total fuel loading, independent of geology. Statistical techniques used to develop fuel models are discussed. Other fuel characteristics that could be used as inputs for the Rothermel fire behaviour model are also presented. © 1995 IAWF. Printed in U.S.A.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Wildlife and habitat management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Marsden-Smedley, JB (Dr Jonathan Marsden-Smedley)
ID Code:5188
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:39
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-24

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