TERN to showcase fire research and management infrastructure at Bushfire16

Winter 2016

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?

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.







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.


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