TERN to showcase fire research and management infrastructure at Bushfire16

TERN’s diverse research infrastructure and open data continues to be used by our nationally networked science and management partners to advance our understanding of fire and fire management in this country, now and in the future.

TERN infrastructure and open data are facilitating:

  • improved bushfire behaviour models and helping better manage future fire crises;
  • open data on past and forecast projections of severe fire danger across large parts of south-eastern Australia;
  • new science on prescribed burning targets in Australia and the effects of fuel reduction burns on soil greenhouse gas exchange;
  • the mapping bushfires, their impacts and future hazards;
  • ecologically appropriate and economically viable fire management in the Top End;
  • the provision of more accurate, up-to-date information about the environmental variables that influence fire risk;
  • improved ability for the community to remotely-track fires near and far;

and many more practical fire research and management applications.

Today, we’re pleased to announce that many of these TERN facilitated projects and activities will be showcased at the upcoming Bushfire16 conference.

TERN will be sponsoring this national bushfire conference, which will be held on 28-30 September at the University of Queensland. Hosted and coordinated by the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, Bushfire 2016 aims to connect fire scientists, ecologists and students with on-ground fire operators, land managers, utility operators, planners and other fire and environmental professionals.

Our collaborations and partnerships director, associate professor Nikki Thurgate, will be presenting on the suite of fire related datasets collected and published by TERN and its partners and the use of this information for the effective management of fire.

Building on this overview, TERN associated researcher, Stefan Maier of Maitec, will be presenting on the next generation of TERN fire remote sensing datasets and how they are capturing and quantifying fire characteristics including: ecological impact, fuel consumed, severity, patchiness and greenhouse gases released. Stefan’s presentation will introduce TERN’s remotely sensed datasets and explain their relation to field measures and discuss accuracies, advantages and limitations.

In addition to these presentations, many TERN associated researchers will be on hand to answer questions and show how you can use our open infrastructure and data to facilitate your research.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there…

Burnt Area Litchfield NP, NT, 2015 from TERN Australia on Vimeo.

Published in TERN newsletter Winter 2016

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