Fenner School of Environment & Society
The Australian National University
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 primary option available to reduce fire risks to the community and the environment is through a modification of fuel availability (e.g. fuel reduction burnings). The development of accurate and reliable methods to quantify forest fuel characteristics and to understand forest fuel change over time is an ongoing requirement of government, fire authorities and land management agencies. LiDAR is proposed to measure landscape-scale forest fuels in order to generate a time effective, feasible and objective method for forest fuel hazard assessment.
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||07 Sep 2017||The Australian Flammability Monitoring System||Save (1.49 MB)||fire, fire impacts, modelling|