Fire frequency analysis for different climatic stations in Victoria, Australia

Khastagir, A 2018, 'Fire frequency analysis for different climatic stations in Victoria, Australia', Natural Hazards, vol. 93, no. 2, pp. 787-802.

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Title Fire frequency analysis for different climatic stations in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Khastagir, A
Year 2018
Journal name Natural Hazards
Volume number 93
Issue number 2
Start page 787
End page 802
Total pages 16
Publisher Springer
Abstract Frequent occurrence of fire events will have severe impact on Victorias water supply catchments. Hence, it is important to perform fire frequency analysis to obtain fire frequency curves (FFC) on fire intensity using Forest Fire Danger Index (FFDI) at different parts of Victoria. FFDI is a measure of fire initiation, spreading speed and containment difficulty. FFC will guide water harvesting by providing information with regard to future fire events and the subsequent impact on catchment yield. Five probability distributions, namely normal, Log Pearson Type III (LPIII), gamma, log-normal and Weibull distributions were used for the development of FFCs at ten selected meteorological stations spread all over Victoria. LPIII distribution was identified as the best fit distribution for Victoria and subsequently applied for an additional 30 more stations to show spatial variability for the entire Victoria.
Subject Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Bushfire
Fire frequency analysis
Probability distribution
DOI - identifier 10.1007/s11069-018-3324-x
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ISSN 0921-030X
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