Smouldering Earth


This research focuses on a form of combustion called smouldering and its propagation through organic soils, such as peat. Our research aims to improve our understanding of smouldering fire phenomena in natural peatlands, and eventually inform the policy and management of smouldering peatland fires. We run small-scale laboratory experiments where we mimic the heterogeneous moisture distribution found in real peatlands and record the propagation of the smouldering fire using infra-rad cameras, visual images, thermocouples and changes in mass.