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.
The South Australian Government have partnered with TERN to develop new techniques that improve state fire mapping, and understanding of fire location, extent and timing. The new methods use TERN’s satellite data products, and align with those of neighbouring states, in a significant step towards nationally consistent fire mapping.
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.
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.
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.