We invest in social, biological and physical research to inform decision-making. This research directly enables us to better deliver for Victorian communities and meet our obligations under the government’s Safer Together policy, the Code of Practice for Bushfire Management on Public Land 2012, and the recommendations of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

One example of the application of our research is the Phoenix Rapidfire modelling tool, developed with The University of Melbourne, which simulates fire behaviour. This tool allows us to calculate bushfire residual risk and make predictions of where, when and how fast a major bushfire is likely to spread. This information in turn improves community warnings and decisions about where to deploy resources. Phoenix is now used in other states as well as internationally.

We are committed to continuously improving Phoenix. In partnership with The University of Melbourne, we are currently working on a project to add fuel moisture information into Phoenix, which will improve its accuracy and usefulness.

The project will provide:

  • a web-based tool to predict landscape fuel moisture, and store fuel moisture data.
  • a link to estimates of forest fuel moisture based on satellite imagery.
  • training and support to implement the tool and incorporate outputs into bushfire risk modelling for planning and operations.

The project will make the data that Phoenix uses more precise, comprehensive and up-to-date by including actual and predicted fuel moisture information for specific locations.

This is just one example of how we continually improve the quality of decision-making in fire management by investing in research. For further information on how we are investing in research, please visit our Research and Publications page on our website.

Research themes

  • Social research: Community- understanding, impacts and values.
  • Biological research: Hazard management, ecosystem, monitoring and resilience, pine plantations - fuels and planned burning.
  • Physical research: Smoke modelling, bushfire management, aircraft and fire retardant.

Page last updated: 16/10/18