Victoria Fire Weather Climatology Dataset

The Victoria Fire Weather Climatology Dataset includes hourly surface weather variables, fire indices and a range of atmospheric parameters for 32 upper air levels between 1972 and 2012. The surface hourly variables include temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, forest fire danger index and daily data for the Keetch Byram Drought Index and the Drought Factor.

The primary purposes of this dataset are optimising planned burning and land management strategies, and scenarios planning for major fire events, and outputs include fire weather and fire danger variables. Essentially this dataset can be used to improve the researchers’ understanding of bushfire thereby improving bushfire predictions and landscape management and could inadvertently save lives and properties.