Naomi Stephens

Naomi Stephens

Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Board Member & End User Rep
About
Naomi Stephens

Naomi Stephens is the Program Director, Future NPWS at the National Parks and Wildlife Service, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.   She is a member of the NSW Bush Fire Coordinating Committee Standing Advisory Sub-committee and represents Office of Environment and Heritage on the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), the AFAC Rural Land Management Group and the Forest Fire Management Group which reports to the Forestry and Forest Product Sub-committee of the Commonwealth Standing Council on Primary Industry (SCOPI).

Prior to commencing in her current position, Naomi had 12 years of experience in bushfire management planning and suppression operations as part of her role as the NPWS Regional Operational Coordinator for the Hunter Region.

Naomi is the Lead User Representative for the Prescribed Burning and Catchment Management Cluster research program under the Bushfire Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre.   She is a member of the steering committee for the research program NPWS partners with the NSW Rural Fire Service at the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfire (CERMB) at the University of Wollongong.  

CRC Board

Naomi Stephens is a current member of the CRC's Board of Directors.

Lead end user

This project aims to deliver:

1. A Prescribed Burning Atlas to guide implementation of tailor-made prescribed burning strategies to suit the biophysical, climatic and human context of all bioregions across southern Australia. The Atlas will define the quantitative trajectory of risk reduction (including resultant residual risk) for multiple values (such as property, water, carbon, vegetation structure) in response to differing prescribed burning strategies (including spatial configurations and rates of treatment), across different Australian environments based on their unique climatic, biophysical and human characteristics.

2. Continental-scale, biophysically-based models of ignition and fuel accumulation for Australian ecosystems, for use in dynamic risk management planning and operational decision-making about prescribed burning at seasonal and inter-annual time scales, accessible via the Atlas.

3. Detailed scenarios of future change in risk mitigation effectiveness of prescribed burning strategies in response to integrated scenarios of changes to climate, fuel (including elevated CO2 effects) and ignitions. These will also be accessible through the Atlas.

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