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.
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.
Although many jurisdictions are committed to prescribed burning, we do not understand its effects on risks to people, property and environmental values across Australia.
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
This project strives to determine what effect suppression operations have on large fires.
To describe the actual and potential costs and benefits of bushfire preparedness and response operations through the assessment of specific Victorian case studies
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?
How does prescribed burning effectiveness in mitigating risk depend on the diverse and changing biophysical, climatic and human context of southern Australia?
|Presentation-Slideshow||04 Dec 2014||From hectares to tailor-made solutions for prescribed burning||Save (902.97 KB)||mitigation, prescribed burning, risk management|
|Presentation-Slideshow||24 Oct 2016||From hectares to tailor-made solutions for risk mitigation: systems to deliver effective prescribed burning across ecosystems||Save (1.83 MB)||fire, prescribed burning, risk management|