News from the CRC
Flammability modelling explored online
Research that shows the ability to map in near real time how flammable vegetation is was showcased recently during an AFAC webinar.
Part of the Mapping bushfire hazards and impacts project, the webinar featured lead researcher Dr Marta Yebra from the Australian National University explaining the Australian Flammability Monitoring System – the first web-based system in Australia to assist land managers and fire agencies monitor live fuel moisture in vegetation.
Currently available in beta mode, the system effectively provides a clearer picture of fire risks. The prototype system uses satellite data, and will aide fire managers in their prescribed burning efforts and pre-positioning of firefighting resources. Using fuel mositure content of vegetation based on images collected by satellites, Dr Yebra and her team have developed the algorithm based on findings from her PhD studies in Spain, which measured vegetation dryness.
The webinar provided an opportunity for end-users to provide comments and suggestions to the project team on what might be required to validate the system generally, and for specific applications. The webinar is available below, and on AFAC’s Youtube channel.
Dr Yebra and her team are seeking further feedback on the current system, primarily focused on:
- testing, validation and evaluation of the system as it currently exists
- identifying applications where it could/should be used
- what would be required in terms of testing and validation for each of those applications (including what is common across the applications and what might be unique for a specific use).
In addition, suggestions are welcome on future developments that can be captured and explored by the CRC and the project team in future activities.
The system can be accessed at: http://wenfo.org/afms/.