TERN to showcase fire research and management infrastructure at Bushfire16
TERN continues to be used by our science and management partners to advance Australia’s understanding of fire and fire management. We’ll be showcasing our open infrastructure and data at Bushfire16 and explaining how you too can use TERN to progress your research.
Fire danger rating today, tomorrow, in 2050, in 2080?
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.
Fire is a major ecosystem driver in Australia. In recent decades there has been increasing general concern about fire management, specifically the impacts of uncontrolled fires on people, public safety, and environmental assets. Will fire frequency and severity change as Australia’s climate changes, and if so, how? How might these changes affect the ability of ecosystems to continue to deliver goods and services? What is the impact of fire on environmental carbon stocks and storage? Is there a fire management strategy that will minimise negative effects on our environment and communities?
TERN’s diverse research infrastructure is being used by our nationally networked science and management partners to work on many of these problems. On this page you will find regularly updated links to TERN’s projects and activities relevant to helping the Australian ecosystem science community increase our understanding and improve our management of fire in the landscape.
Adam Leavesley of ACT Parks & Conservation Service and Dr Marta Yebra, a member of the ANU’s Water and Landscape Dynamics group, plan hazard reduction burns near Googong Dam in March 2015 (photo courtesy of Geoff Cary, ANU). A recent case study in the ACT by the ANU group used TERN’s climate data, alongside a number of other datasets and spatial resources, to assess the feasibility of providing fuel, water and carbon estimates at an unprecedented high spatial resolution of 25 m.
More fire news:
The 2016 Tasmanian bushfires were described as the worst crisis in decades for world heritage forests. We talk to a researcher who’s using data collected at TERN’s forest research plots to improve bushfire behaviour models and help better manage future fire crises in Tasmania and in other forest environments around Australia.
Researchers using TERN infrastructure have, for the first time, found that repeated fuel reduction burns in temperate forests have little long-term impact on soil greenhouse gas exchange. The new findings fill an important information gap and provide new science to the ongoing debate surrounding prescribed burning targets in Australia.
TERN climate and land surface data helps identify climate refugia and map bushfires, their impacts and future hazards
Climate and bio-climate data provided by TERN’s ecosystem modelling facility, eMAST, are being used in practical applications that assess, model and predict ecosystem change across the Australian continent.
Ecologically appropriate and economically viable: how long-term research is transforming fire management in the Top End
The collaborative work of scientists, park rangers, and Aboriginal custodians is leading to more environmentally sustainable fire management in the Northern Territory and helping us understand the benefits of savanna burning carbon emission abatement projects.