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Phil Zylstra's PhD Thesis


Phil Zylstra’s PhD thesis on Forest Flammability has just been approved without corrections by the University of New South Wales at ADFA. Phil’s forest fire behaviour model is already partly in use by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the NSW Rural Fire Service. It is used, for example, to develop precision prescriptions for burning under trees in koala habitat, to identify ideal fire frequency to best assist suppression efforts in a diverse range of forests, and to create prescriptions for burning heathland to manage rare flightless birds.

An examiner’s report says that the work: “In my opinion this is this model that bushfire fighters in Australia have been waiting for. It takes wildfire behaviour models in a new direction and has been extensively tested already.”

(Bushfire CRC Website)


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