Grant Pearce

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Grant Pearce is one of New Zealand's leading specialists in wildfire behaviour. His research has enabled the development of fire behaviour models for New Zealand fuel types, which are routinely used by fire management agencies.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Geography), University of Canterbury, New Zealand - 2014
  • MSc (Geography), University of Otago - 1997
  • BSc (Geography), University of Otago, New Zealand - 1992

Research capabilities

Forest and rural fire research including fire behaviour, fire danger rating, fire weather and climatology, biomass/fuel load modelling, climate change and risk management.

Career highlights

  • Programme Leader, “Understanding Rural Fire Risks” MBIE contract (C04X1203) – awarded MBIE Gold rating for 2012/13 & 2013/14
  • Invited keynote speaker at UK Wildfire 2015 Conference, “Wildfires: Prevention Better Than Cure”, Glasgow, Scotland, November 2015
  • Contributor to the ‘Australasia’ chapter (Ch. 25) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on regional impacts (Reisinger et al., 2014)
  • Award for ‘Best Applied Paper’ at the 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, presented by the International Association of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS), June 2013
  • Member of Scion Rural Fire Research Group nominated for the Prime Minister’s Science Prize, 2013
  • Member of the Scion Rural Fire Research Group awarded the Scion ‘Customer Engagement Award’ for 2012
  • Invited keynote speaker to pre-conference workshop on “The Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS): Interpretation and implementation outside of Canada”, 2nd Fire Behaviour and Fuels Conference, Destin, Florida, March 2007
  • Participant and Subprogram Leader (Shrubland fire behaviour), Australian Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre, 2003-2010
  • Completed the Canadian Wildland Fire Behaviour Specialist Course, Feb. 2000
  • Instructor, National Fire Behaviour Training Courses, since 1993
  • Project Leader, New Zealand experimental burning programme - providing fire behaviour models for NZ fuel types

    Selected papers

    Peer-reviewed journal articles

    Parker RJ, Vitalis A, Walker R, Riley D, Pearce HG. 2017. Measuring wildland fire fighter performance with wearable technology. Applied Ergonomics 59A: 34-44.

    Yang Y, Uddstrom M, Pearce G, Revell M (2015). Reformulation of the Drought Code in the Canadian Fire Weather Index System implemented in New Zealand. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 54(7): 1523-1537.

    Anderson WR, Cruz MG, Fernandes PM, McCaw L, Vega JA, Bradstock R, Fogarty L, Gould J, McCarthy G, Marsden-Smedley JB, Matthews S, Mattingley S, Pearce HG, van Wilgen B (2015). A generic, empirical-based model for predicting rate of fire spread in shrublands. International Journal of Wildland Fire 24(4): 443-460.

    Simpson CC, Pearce HG, Sturman AP, Zawar-Reza P (2014). Behaviour of fire weather indices in the 2009-10 New Zealand wildland fire season. International Journal of Wildland Fire 23(8): 1147-1164.

    Simpson CC, Pearce HG, Sturman AP, Zawar-Reza P (2014). Verification of WRF modelled fire weather in the 2009-10 New Zealand fire season. International Journal of Wildland Fire 23(1): 34-45.

    Moffat AJ, Pearce, HG (2013). Contrasting approaches to forest fire risk in New Zealand and Great Britain. Scottish Forestry 67(4): 10-17.

    Pearce HG, Anderson WR, Fogarty LG, Todoroki C, Anderson SAJ (2010). Linear mixed effects models for estimating biomass and fuel loads in shrublands. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40: 2015 2026.

    Pearce HG, Clifford V (2008). Fire weather and climate of New Zealand. NZ Journal of Forestry 53(3): 13-18.

    Anderson SAJ, Doherty JJ, Pearce HG (2008). Wildfires in New Zealand from 1991 to 2007. NZ Journal of Forestry 53(3): 19-22.

    Pearce HG, Cameron G, Anderson SAJ, Dudfield M (2008). An overview of fire management in New Zealand forestry. NZ Journal of Forestry 53(3): 7-11.

    Anderson SAJ, Pearce HG (2008). The role of research in managing forest and rural fire risk. NZ Journal of Forestry 53(3): 23-26.

    Pearce HG, Alexander ME (1995). A simple test fire exercise for fire behaviour training. Wildfire 5(1): 37-41.

    Alexander ME, Pearce HG (1993). The Canadian fire danger ratings associated with the 1991 Oakland/Berkeley Hills Fire. Wildfire News and Notes 7(2): 1-5.

    Alexander ME, Pearce HG (1992). Follow-up to the Spokane area Firestorm '91 report: what were the Canadian fire danger indices? Wildfire News and Notes 6(4): 6-7.

    Books or Book chapters

    Clifford VR, Pearce HG, Anderson SAJ (2013). Guide to New Zealand Fuels – A technical guide for selecting the most appropriate fuel type for fire behaviour predictions. (Christchurch: Scion Rural Fire Research Group).

    Pearce HG, Anderson SAJ, Clifford VR (2012). A Manual for Predicting Fire Behaviour in New Zealand Fuels (2nd Ed). (Christchurch: Scion Rural Fire Research Group).

    Payton IJ, Pearce HG (2009). Fire-induced changes to the vegetation of tall-tussock (Chionochloa rigida) grassland ecosystems. Science for Conservation 290. (Wellington: Department of Conservation).

    Pearce G, Anderson S, Rasmussen J (2008). Chapter 16: Rural fire. In: Spearpoint M (ed). Fire Engineering Design Guide (3rd Ed), pp 281-312 (Christchurch: NZ Centre for Advanced Engineering).

    Pearce HG, Anderson SAJ (2008). A Manual for Predicting Fire Behaviour in New Zealand Fuel Types (1st Ed). (Christchurch: Scion Rural Fire Research Group).

    Pearce HG, Hamilton RW, Millman RI (2004). Fire behaviour and firefighter safety implications associated with the Bucklands Crossing fire burnover of 24 March 1998. Forest Research Bulletin No. 197, Forest and Rural Fire Scientific and Technical Series, Report No. 4. (Rotorua: Scion).

    McFarlane P, Pearce G, Moore J (2002). Introduction: Forestry and risk management - New Zealand in a global context. In: Arbez M, Birot Y, Carnus JM, eds. Risk Management and Sustainable Forestry. European Forest Institute Proceedings 45. European Forest Institute, Joensuu, Finland. pp 5-19.

    Refereed conference papers

    Simpson C, Sturman A, Zawar-Reza P, Pearce G (2013). Fire weather of a Canterbury Northwester on 6 February 2011 in South Island, New Zealand. In: Wright LJ (ed). Proceedings of Bushfire CRC & AFAC 2013 Conference Research Forum, 2 September 2013, Melbourne, Australia. pp 107-120 (Melbourne: Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre).

    Simpson C, Pearce G, Clifford V (2013). High-resolution WRF simulation of fire weather associated with the Mt Cook Station fire. In: Piantadosi J, Anderssen RS, Boland J (eds). MODSIM2013, 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, December 2013. pp 277-283.

    Clifford VR, Pearce HG (2012). Validation of satellite assessment methods for grassland curing in New Zealand. In: Mills GA, Cechet RP, McRae RHD (eds). Proceedings of the 2011 Fire Weather and Risk Workshop. Geoscience Australia Record 2012/35. (Canberra: Geoscience Australia).

    Langer ER, Hide S, Pearce HG (2012). Do rural fire danger warnings lead to appropriate behaviour by the New Zealand public? In: Proceedings of the 3rd Human Dimensions of Wildland Fires Conference, 17-19 April 2012, Seattle, Washington, USA. pp 91-93.

    Langer ER, Hide S, Pearce HG (2011). Effectiveness of rural fire danger warnings to New Zealand communities. In: Thornton RP (ed). Proceedings of Bushfire CRC & AFAC 2011 Conference Science Day, 1 September 2011, Sydney, Australia. pp 285-296.

    Salinger MJ, Pearce HG (2008). New Zealand fire danger: The rating system and prediction of seasonal fire severity. In: Brady M, Sivakumar MVK (eds). Proceedings of International Workshop on Advances in Operational Weather Systems for Fire Danger Rating, 14-16 July 2008, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (GOFC-GOLD, CFS & WMO).

    Cameron G, Dudfield M, Pearce G (2007). Fire management in commercial plantations: a New Zealand perspective. In: Proceedings, 4th International Wildland Fire Conference, 13-17 May 2007, Seville, Spain. CD-ROM.

    Parker R, Riley D, Pearce G, Anderson S (2007). Measurement of rural firefighter productivity and workload. In: Proceedings, “Tassie Fire Conference’, Joint AFAC/Bushfire CRC Conference 2007, 19-21 September 2007, Hobart, Tasmania. CD-ROM.

    Pearce HG (2007). The Bucklands Crossing firefighter burnover – a case study of fire behaviour and firefighter safety implications. In: Butler BW, Cook W (comps). The fire environment – innovations, management, and policy: Proceedings of 2nd Fire Behaviour and Fuels Conference, 26-30 March 2007, Destin, Florida, USA. Proceedings RMRS-P-46CD, pp 229-239.

    Anderson SAJ, Pearce HG (2003). Improved methods for the assessment of grassland curing. In: Proceedings of the 3rd International Wildland Conference, 3-6 October 2003, Sydney, Australia. CD-ROM.

    Pearce HG, Majorhazi K (2003). Application of fire behaviour to fire danger and wildfire threat modelling in New Zealand. In: Proceedings of 3rd International Wildland Conference, 3-6 October 2003, Sydney, Australia. CD-ROM.

    Payton IJ, Pearce HG (2001). Does fire deplete the physical and biological resources of tall-tussock (Chionochloa) grasslands? The latest attempt at some answers. In: Pearce G, Lester L (eds). Proceedings, Bushfire 2001 Conference, 3-6 July 2001, Christchurch, New Zealand. pp 243-249.

    Pearce G, Dyck B, Frampton R, Wingfield M, Moore J (2000). Biophysical risks to forests - New Zealand compared to the rest of the world. In: Proceedings, New Zealand Institute of Forestry Conference, 17-19 April 2000, Christchurch.

    Catchpole W, Bradstock R, Choate J, Fogarty L, Gellie N, McCarthy G, McCaw L, Marsden-Smedley J, Pearce G (1999). Cooperative development of predictive equations for fire behaviour in heathlands and shrublands. In: Proceedings of Australian Bushfire 99 Conference, 7-9 July 1999, Albury, NSW. pp 77-83.

    Catchpole W, Bradstock R, Choate J, Fogarty L, Gellie N, McCarthy G, McCaw L, Marsden-Smedley J, Pearce G (1998). Cooperative development of equations for heathland fire behaviour. In: Viegas DX, ed. Proceedings, 3rd International Conference on Forest Fire Research/14th Fire and Forest Meteorology Conference, 16-20 November 1998, Luso, Coimbra, Portugal. pp 631-645.

    Fogarty LG, Pearce HG, Catchpole WR, Alexander ME (1998). Adoption vs. adaptation: lessons from applying the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System in New Zealand. In: Viegas DX, ed. Proceedings, Joint 3rd International Conference on Forest Fire Research/14th Fire and Forest Meteorology Conference, 16-20 November 1998, Luso, Coimbra, Portugal. pp 1011-1028.

    Pearce HG, Alexander ME, Morgan RF (1995). Wildfire behaviour in a New Zealand wetland: a case study. In: Proceedings, 19th Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference, 3-6 November 1993, Tallahassee, Florida, USA. pp 168-169.

    Pearce HG, Alexander ME (1995). A simple test fire exercise for fire behaviour training. In: McCaw WL, Burrows ND, Friend GR, Gill AM, eds. Landscape Fires '93. Proceedings of the Australian Bushfire Conference, 27-30 September 1993, Perth, W.A. CALMScience Supplement 4: 209.

    Pearce HG, Alexander ME (1994). Fire danger ratings associated with New Zealand’s major pine plantation wildfires. In: Proceedings, 12th Conference on Fire and Forest Meteorology, 25-29 October 1993, Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA. pp 534-543.