Will Thurston

Research Scientist

Current work and responsibilities

I have been a member of the High Impact Weather research team at the Bureau of Meteorology since 2011. Currently I work on the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC project 'Improved predictions of severe weather to reduce community impact'. My research interests include boundary-layer meteorology, the dynamics of bushfire plumes and pyro-convective clouds, and the associated impacts on fire spread. Primarily I conduct this research using high-resolution numerical weather prediction modelling, large-eddy simulation and dispersion modelling.

Career background

  • 2004: The University of Bristol, BSc (Hons.), Physics
  • 2005: The University of Leeds, MRes, Physics of the Earth and Atmosphere
  • 2009: The University of Leeds, PhD, Physical Oceanography
Professional Positions
  • 2009–2011: Research fellow, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, Griffith University, Australia.
  • 2009–2011: Associate scientist, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2011–present: Professional Officer Class II, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia.

Selected Publications

  • Thurston, W., J. D. Kepert, K. J. Tory and R. J. B. Fawcett (2017). 'The contribution of turbulent plume dynamics to long-range spotting', Int. J. Wildland Fire., In press. doi:10.1071/WF16142
  • Thurston, W., R. J. B. Fawcett, K. J. Tory and J. D. Kepert (2016). 'Simulating boundary-layer rolls with a numerical weather prediction model', Q. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 142, 211–223. doi:10.1002/qj.2646
  • Thurston, W., K. J. Tory, R. J. B. Fawcett and J. D. Kepert (2015). 'Large-eddy simulations of pyro-convection and its sensitivity to environmental conditions', In: Research proceedings from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC 2015 Conference, M. Rumsewicz (ed.), Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 148-160, ISBN: 978-0-9941696-5-5.
  • Thurston, W., K. J. Tory, R. J. B. Fawcett and J. D. Kepert (2013). 'Large-eddy simulations of bushfire plumes in the turbulent atmospheric boundary layer', In: MODSIM2013, 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, J. Piantadosi, R. S. Anderssen, and J. Boland (eds.), Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, 284–289, ISBN: 978-0-9872143-3-1.
  • Fawcett, R. J. B., W. Thurston, J. D. Kepert and K. J. Tory (2012). 'Modelling the fire weather of Black Saturday', In: Proceedings of Bushfire CRC & AFAC 2012 Conference Research Forum, R. P. Thornton and L. J. Wright (eds.), Bushfire CRC, 135–149, ISBN: 978-0-9806759-6-2.
  • Sano, M., A. Golshani, K.D. Splinter, D. Strauss, W. Thurston and R. Tomlinson (2011). 'A detailed assessment of vulnerability to climate change in the Gold Coast, Australia', J. Coastal Res., 64, 245–249.

Will Thurston

  • Boundary-layer meteorology
  • Fire weather
  • Large-eddy simulation
  • Visualisation
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