Heather Simpson’s PhD is providing empirical measures and modelling of resources that are used for suppression of campaign fires. Her research is examining historical data by evaluating recent campaign fires in Australia. She is then using operational data to generate models of current suppression resourcing and tactics. These models will be used to evaluate various resource scenarios in simulation studies.
One of Heather’s key findings to date relates to suppression firing, or backburning - a practice used for bushfire control. She examined the prevalence and practice of suppression firing in Victoria to investigate its impact on fire containment and the fire environment.
|Journal article||10/2019||A temporal framework of large wildfire suppression in practice, a qualitative descriptive study|
|Report||04/2022||Investigating the suitability of aviation tracking data for use in bushfire suppression effectiveness research|
|Poster||27 August 2019||Large wildfire suppression in practice||Decision-making, Prescribed burning|
|Poster||19 September 2018||Deconstructing suppression efforts on large bushfires||Decision-making, Prescribed burning, Response|
|Presentation||31 October 2017||Three Minute Thesis: The burning question||Emergency management, Fire impacts, Response|
|Poster||29 June 2017||Productivity of firefighting resources on large bushfires||Decision-making, Prescribed burning, Response|
|Poster||14 August 2016||Productivity and effectiveness of suppression resource||Fire impacts|
|Poster||14 August 2016||Economic and environmental costs and benefits of bushfire||Decision-making, Prescribed burning, Response|
|Poster||18 August 2015||Cost effective suppression on campaign fires||Decision-making, Fire impacts, Response|
|Guide or fact sheet||7 July 2015||Heather Simpson PhD Progress Report 2015||Decision-making, Response|