THE SCIENCE RACHEL BADLAN UNSW Canberra School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences Rachel is an atmospheric scientist and is researching bushfires. Using a numerical model and a supercomputer, she is investigating how the heat from a bushfire may trigger a thunderstorm, also known as pyrocumulonimbus, or a firestorm. Firestorms are the most dangerous manifestation of a bushfire and impossible to control, and as yet, there are no operational methods to predict such an event. Specifically, Rachel is investigating how the shape of a fire influences the likelihood of a firestorm developing. This research will help to forecast such devastating events.
THE ART ZOE BILSON ANU School of Art & Design Zoe is an artist and illustrator based in Canberra working on getting a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Design. Keen to take her experimentations with line further, Zoe was excited to collaborate with Rachel to create #TeamFirestorm. Working with a series of fine lines to create movement, the firestorm was depicted using a variety of cool and warm tones to convey the idea of a looming cloud fuelling the fire below. The unpredictability of firestorms was communicated by the haphazard directionality of the linework.
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