Albert Van Dijk leads the Water and Landscape Dynamics Group at the Fenner School of Environment and Society.
From 1996 to 2003, he studied aquifer hydrology, tropical land management and the carbon cycle, and lectured in ecohydrology at VU University Amsterdam. From 2003 to 2012, he was with CSIRO Land and Water, investigating the influence of vegetation management on land and water resources, the Murray-Darling Basin water system, environmental remote sensing, model-data fusion, and monitoring and forecasting water availability and drought. Albert led development of the Australian Water Resources Assessment system, a large observing and modelling system that underpins several of the Bureau of Meteorology’s water information services. He has authored more than 130 publications. He is adjunct science leader with CSIRO Land and Water, and chairs the Australian Energy and Water Exchange Initiative (OzEWEX).
A good understanding of fire risk across the landscape is critical in preparing and responding to bushfire events and managing fire regimes, and this will be enhanced by remote sensing data. However, the vast array of spatial data sources available is not being used very effectively in fire management.
This project uses cutting edge technology and imagery to produce spatial information on fire hazard and impacts needed by planners, land managers and emergency services to effectively manage fire at landscape scales
Australia is a dry continent, with high climate variability, and is continually vulnerable to natural hazards like bushfires. to better evaluate and reduce the risk of bushfires, fire management agencies and land managers need timely, accurate and spatially explicit understorey fuel metrics along with climatic and other spatial topographical information. The Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data and technology is a proven alternative to traditionally time consuming and labour intensive fuel assessment methods.
The availability of spatially explicit quantitative forest information is critical for fire management
|Presentation-Slideshow||21 Mar 2014||Monitoring and prediction||Save (7.35 MB)||flood, modelling, multi-hazard|
|Presentation-Slideshow||04 Dec 2014||Mapping bushfire hazard and impact||Save (1.44 MB)||fire impacts, land management, planning|
|Presentation-Slideshow||24 Oct 2016||Mapping bushfire hazard and impact||Save (1.81 MB)||fire impacts, modelling, remote sensing|
|HazardNoteEdition||28 Nov 2016||Monitoring and predicting natural hazards||Save (853.18 KB)||forecasting, modelling, severe weather|
|Presentation-Slideshow||31 Oct 2017||Mapping bushfire hazards and impacts: developing spatial information on fire hazard for planners, land managers and emergency services||Save (1.32 MB)||fire, fire impacts, remote sensing|