From hectares to tailor-made solutions for risk mitigation - systems to deliver effective prescribed burning across Australian ecosystems: annual project report 2016-17
|Title||From hectares to tailor-made solutions for risk mitigation - systems to deliver effective prescribed burning across Australian ecosystems: annual project report 2016-17|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Clarke, H, Price, OF, Boer, MM, Cirulis, B, Penman, TD, Bradstock, RA|
|Institution||Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC|
We are pleased to present the 2016-2017 Annual Report for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC project, From hectares to tailor-made solutions for risk mitigation: systems to deliver effective prescribed burning across Australian ecosystems. By undertaking a systematic investigation of the drivers of prescribed burning effectiveness across southern Australia, the project will provide critical support to agency decision makers across the region.
This report describes the project goals, methods and activities since the 2015-2016 Annual Report. The report focuses on initial results from a key project component: fire spread simulations in a range of case study landscapes throughout southern Australia. Results are presented in detail for case studies in East Central Victoria, Adelaide, the ACT and Hobart. This initial suite of simulations provides good evidence that there is substantial variation between case study landscapes in the response of key risks to different rates of prescribed burning. Further simulations in combination with other project methodologies will provide further evidence about this critical issue.
The report also details progress on data acquisition, empirical analyses and stakeholder engagement, which form the other key activities of the project to date. Finally, we are graetful to Naomi Stephens and Felipe Aires, our End User representatives from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, for providing an insight into the project’s progress from a stakeholder perspective.