Strengthening fire mapping for improved fire management and carbon abatement in north Australia

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An early season prescribed burn near Darwin. Photo: Nathan Maddock, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
An early season prescribed burn near Darwin. Photo: Nathan Maddock, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Hazard Note 46 covers research that is increasing the accuracy of fire severity mapping across northern Australia, leading to better land management outcomes.

This research compares past and present fire regimes across the north to better understand the effects of various fire management practices. A new approach is under development incorporating actual fire effect, rather than fire seasonality, to provide land managers with the ability to better monitor their fire management and evaluate its effects, including carbon emissions abatement, across 70% of Australia.

Further reading

Murphy B, Edwards A, Meyer C and Russell‑Smith J (2015). Carbon Accounting and Savanna Fire Management. Melbourne, CSIRO Publishing.

Russell-Smith J, Whitehead P and Cooke P (2009). Managing fire regimes in north Australian savannas – ecology, culture, economy. Rekindling the Wurrk tradition. Canberra, Australia, CSIRO Publishing.

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