Soil surface wetness is continuously observed over Australia by satellites using passive microwave (e.g., SMOS, AMSR2) and radar instruments (e.g., ASCAT) as well as available from several models. They also provide information of fuel litter moisture content. This project will analyse which of these data can be used to improve operational fire danger rating systems such as the MacArthur forest fire danger index.
Supervisors: Professor Albert van Dijk, Associate Professor Geoff Cary and Dr Marta Yebra
Candidates should have some experience with scripting languages and programming. A scholarship may be available.
For more information about this potential research topic or activity, or to discuss any related research area, please contact the supervisor.