Book Chapter

Flammability at field-scales: conducting research in prescribed burns

Jane Cawson, Thomas Duff

Advances in Forest Fire Research 2018 | Coimbra University Press | Published : 2018


To better understand the role of plant flammability in driving landscape-scale fire behaviour and fire regimes, field-scale flammability research needs to occur. Yet, experimental fires are costly to implement and research within wildfires is both logistically challenging and potentially dangerous. As an alternative, we propose that operational prescribed burns undertaken for land management purposes should be exploited for flammability research.. In some parts of the world, large areas are burnt annually, providing extensive opportunities for research. In this paper we describe three broad methods that can be used to measure different facets of flammability in prescribed burns. We compare t..

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