Fire danger rating today, tomorrow, in 2050, in 2080?

Autumn 2016

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has made use of TERN eMAST and the NCI’s data services to publish key data on past and forecast projections of severe fire danger across large parts of south-eastern Australia—vital information for improved hazard reduction and fire management policy and practice.


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Ecosystem Modelling and Scaling Infrastructure

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The Ecosystem Modelling and Scaling Infrastructure Facility (e-MAST) is enhancing the capacity for assimilation and integration of data into modelling applications. By assembling data sets and developing software e-MAST enables testing, updating, and improvement of models used for such applications as future climate scenarios and assessment of primary production, at a wide range of temporal and spatial scales.

Using data from a variety of sources including TERN Facilities such as AusCover, Eco-Informatics, the MSPN, and OzFlux, e-MAST is providing the tools to systematically test and improve ecosystem models so that their practical potential is realised.

The e-MAST infrastructure is designed to work with a range of ecosystem models with applications from landscape management to carbon accounting and climate prediction. e-MAST can also link biophysical and biogeochemical processes to biodiversity conservation, water resources and fire risks. Thus, e-MAST can unlock the potential of TERN’s data streams by integrating modelling with a wide range of data types.

e-MAST’s world-leading effort is made possible through the sharing of data and collaboration across different scientific communities. In addition to working closely with other TERN Facilities, e-MAST has strong links with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), and the CSIRO. Through its work, it is also creating new opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration within the wider Australian ecosystem research community.



Components of the e-MAST Facility


Facility Contacts:
Bradley Evans - Director
The University of Sydney

Professor Colin Prentice - Chair
Macquarie University


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