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Ross Bradstock
Project Leader

About

Ross Bradstock is the Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires at the University of Wollongong.

His research interests include Fire ecology, Conservation biology, Landscape ecology and Climate change.

Project leadership

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.

This project was commissioned and funded entirely by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria.
Year Type Citation
2016 Report Bradstock, R. A. From hectares to tailor-made solutions for risk mitigation: systems to deliver effective prescribed burning across Australian ecosystems: Annual project report 2015-2016. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Journal Article Nolan, R. et al. Predicting dead fine fuel moisture at regional scales using vapour pressure deficit from MODIS and gridded weather data. Remote Sensing of Environment 174, (2016).
2016 Journal Article Driscoll, D. A. et al. Resolving future fire management conflicts using multi-criteria decision making. Conservation Biology 30, 196-205 (2016).
2015 Presentation Bradstock, R. A. From hectares to tailor-made solutions for risk mitigation: systems to deliver effective prescribed burning across Australian ecosystems. (2015).
2015 Report Penman, T. D., Parkins, K. A., Mascaro, S., Chong, D. & Bradstock, R. A. National Fire Danger Rating System Probabalistic Framework: year three report. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Journal Article Price, O. F., Penman, T. D., Bradstock, R. A., Boer, M. M. & Clarke, H. Biogeographical variation in the potential effectiveness of prescribed fire in south-eastern Australia. Journal of Biogeography 42, 2234-2245 (2015).
2015 Journal Article Nolan, R., Lane, P. N. J., Benyon, R. G., Bradstock, R. A. & Mitchell, P. J. Trends in evapotranspiration and streamflow following wildfire in resprouting eucalypt forests. Journal of Hydrology 524, 614-624 (2015).
2014 Report Penman, T. D., Bedward, M. & Bradstock, R. A. National Fire Danger Rating System Probabalistic Framework: year two report. (2014).
2013 Journal Article Keane, R. E. et al. Exploring the role of fire, succession, climate, and weather on landscape dynamics using comparative modeling. Ecological Modelling 266, 172-186 (2013).
2013 Journal Article Morris, R. et al. Environmental assessment of erosion following prescribed burning in the Mount Lofty Ranges, Australia. International Journal of Wildland Fire (2013). doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF13011
2012 Book Chapter Cary, G. J., Bradstock, R. A., A. Gill, M. & Williams, R. J. Flammable Australia: Fire Regimes, Biodiversity and Ecosystems in a Changing World 149-170 (CSIRO Publishing, 2012). at <http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6836.htm>
2012 Book Chapter Cary, G. J., Bradstock, R. A., A. Gill, M. & Williams, R. J. Flammable Australia: Fire Regimes, Biodiversity and Ecosystems in a Changing World (CSIRO Publishing, 2012). at <http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6836.htm>
2012 Journal Article A. Gill, M. et al. Modelling the potential for prescribed burning to mitigate carbon emissions from wildfires in fire-prone forests of Australia. (2012). at <http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/WF11023.htm>
2011 Conference Proceedings Morris, R. et al. The dirt on assessing post-fire erosion in the Mount Lofty Ranges: comparing methods. Bushfire CRC & AFAC 2011 Conference Science Day (2011). at <http://www.bushfirecrc.com/resources/pages-152-169-dirt-assessing-post-fire-erosion>
2011 Journal Article Penman, T. D. et al. Prescribed burning: how can it work to conserve the things we value?. International Journal of Wildland Fire 20, 721 (2011).
2009 Journal Article Cary, G. J. et al. Relative importance of fuel management, ignition management and weather for area burned: evidence from five landscape–fire–succession models. International Journal of Wildland Fire 18, 147 (2009).
2009 Journal Article Bradstock, R. A., Cohn, J. S., A. Gill, M., Bedward, M. & Lucas, C. Prediction of the probability of large fires in the Sydney region of south-eastern Australia using fire weather. International Journal of Wildland Fire 18, 932 (2009).
2008 Journal Article Boer, M. M., Sadler, R. J., Bradstock, R. A., A. Gill, M. & Grierson, P. Spatial scale invariance of southern Australian forest fires mirrors the scaling behaviour of fire-driving weather events. Landscape Ecology (2008). doi:10.1007/s10980-008-9260-5
2008 Journal Article King, K. J., Bradstock, R. A., Cary, G. J., Chapman, J. & Marsden-Smedley, J. B. The relative importance of fine-scale fuel mosaics on reducing fire risk in south-west Tasmania, Australia. International Journal of Wildland Fire 17, 421 (2008).
2008 Journal Article Vivian, L. M., Cary, G. J., Bradstock, R. A. & A. Gill, M. Influence of fire severity on the regeneration, recruitment and distribution of eucalypts in the Cotter River Catchment, Australian Capital Territory. Austral Ecology 33, 55 - 67 (2008).
2006 Journal Article King, K. J. et al. Simulation of prescribed burning strategies in south-west Tasmania, Australia: effects on unplanned fires, fire regimes, and ecological management values. International Journal of Wildland Fire 15, 527 (2006).

Posters credited

Using satellite data to identify fuel moisture conditions prior to major fires in South-East Australia 2009 Black Saturday and other large fire events - Moisture conditions project


Fuel moisture (FM) is a primary driver of the ignition and spread of wildfires. Monitoring FM is thus critically important for predicting forest fire risk.
Delivering Effective Prescribed Burning Across Southern Australia


Although many jurisdictions are committed to prescribed burning, we do not understand its effects on risks to people, property and environmental values across Australia.

Ross Bradstock Conference Poster 2016


This project will deliver 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

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Heather Simpson Conference Poster 2016


This project strives to determine what effect suppression operations have on large fires.

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Owen Price Conference Poster 2016


To describe the actual and potential costs and benefits of bushfire preparedness and response operations through the assessment of specific Victorian case studies

Productivity of firefighting resources on large bushfires


This project will seek to answer the following questions:

  • What are the productivity rates of different types of firefighting resource that work on large fires?
  • How do the productivity rates for large fires compare with existing initial attack productivity rates?
  • To what degree do environmental factors, such as weather and topography impact resource productivity?
From hectares to tailor-made solutions for prescribed burning


How does prescribed burning effectiveness in mitigating risk depend on the diverse and changing biophysical, climatic and human context of southern Australia?

All the resources from our 2016 conference

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2015-2016 year in review

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