Mika Peace

Research Scientist

Current work and responsibilities

Mikas's current role is in fire weather research. She is lead researcher, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Coupled Fire-Atmosphere Modelling Project. Her research focus is looking at interactions between the fire and atmosphere and the influence of the feedback on fire behaviour. She examines case studies of bushfires and runs coupled fire-atmosphere simulations.

Mika's background is in operational forecasting. She has worked in forecast operations in Adelaide, Darwin, Perth and Melbourne. She periodically works as "Embedded Meteorologist" in South Australian Fire and Emergency Services and takes an operational forecasting and briefing role during High-Impact weather events.

Mika collaborates with Research Scientists and Operational Professionals in the Bureau of Meteorology, CFS, DEWNR, DPaWS and Australian Universties and is involved in projects implementing research findings.

Career background

  • 2002: Bachelor of Science, Earth Science, Flinders University
  • 2003: Graduate Diploma in Meteorology, Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre
  • 2010: Graduate Certificate in Management, Chifley Business School
  • 2014: PhD, Applied Mathematics, University of Adelaide
Professional Positions
  • 2004-2007 Operational Forecasting and Severe Weather Manager, Bureau of Meteorology, Adelaide and Darwin.
  • 2008 Aviation Training and Assessment, Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre, Melbourne.
  • 2009-2010 Marketing Manager, Commercial Weather Services, Bureau of Meteorology, Perth.
  • 2011-2013 PhD Research student, University of Adelaide
  • 2014-2016 Operational Forecasting and Fire Weather Training, Bureau of Meteorology, Adelaide
  • 2016-present Research Scientist and Operational Surge Support, Bureau of Meteorology, Adelaide.

Selected Publications

  • Peace, M., McCaw, L., Mills, G. A., (2012) Meteorological dynamics in a fire environment; a case study of the Layman prescribed burn in Western Australia. Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal, 62/3, 127-141.
  • Peace, M., McCaw, L. W., Kepert, J. D., Mills, G. A., Mattner, T, (2015) WRF and SFIRE simulations of the Layman fuel reduction burn. Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal, 65:3-4, 302-317.
  • Peace, M., Mattner, T, Mills, G. A., Kepert, J. D., McCaw, L. W., (2015) Fire modified meteorology in a coupled fire-atmosphere model. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 54, 704-720.
  • Peace, M., Mattner, T, Mills, G. A., Kepert, J. D., McCaw, L. W., (2016) Coupled fire-atmosphere simulations of the Rocky River fire using WRF-SFIRE. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 55, 1151-1168.
Mika Peace-photo

Mika Peace

  • Fire research
  • Coupled fire-atmosphere modelling
  • Operational forecasting