Prof David Bowman

Prof David Bowman

David Bowman is a fire ecologist who is developing a new discipline of pyrogeography. A feature of pyrogeography is a synthetic understanding of landscape burning that unites human, physical and biological dimensions of fire:  Exemplars of this approach has been his research into: global fire regimes, the history and ecology of indigenous landscape burning, and the health effects of biomass smoke. He is committed to translating his research to affect management outcomes and shape policy concerning prescribed burning, management of the wildland-urban interface and  management of carbon in forested landscapes.

Project leadership

This project assessed the post fire impact of the 2016 World Heritage Area fires in the Pencil Pine forests in Tasmania
How effective is LiDAR data in creating high resolution maps of fire severity? This Tactical Research Fund project surveyed an area burnt in the 2019 Tasmanian bushfires that was previously mapped in 2014.
This project was completed with the support of the CRC's funding for quick response. It investigated the effects of fire at 12 permanent plots that burned in the 2019 Tasmanian fires by comparing the predicted and actual fire severity.
This project was completed with the support of the CRC's funding for quick response. It undertook a rapid assessment of the post-fire impact of the 2019 Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area fires on subalpine shrublands.
Research team:
This project was completed with the support of the CRC's funding for quick response. It investigated the effect of fuel load and structure on fire severity across Australian wet eucalypt forests by measuring four of the eight Ausplots in southern NSW that burned in the 2019-20 fires.
27 Aug 2019
Tall Wet Eucalypt Forests (TWEF) are one of the world’s most complex and unique forest types. A...
AFAC19 poster
27 Aug 2019
January 2013 fire season was among the most significant seasons in Tasmanian history.
Resilient or suicidal giants: what types of fires do the world’s tallest flowering forests support?
19 Sep 2018
Australian tall wet eucalypt-dominated forests are widely considered to experience a fire regime of...
Geographic patterns of fire severity following an extreme eucalyptus forest fire in Southern Australia
19 Sep 2018
How did fire severity and intensity vary across the landscape? How did satellite-based measures of...
Simulating the effectiveness of prescribed burning at altering wildfire behaviour in Tasmania
30 Jun 2017
Prescribed burning is a widely accepted wildfire hazard reduction technique, however knowledge of...
Remote sensing of fire severity in the 2013 Dunalley fire, Tasmania
29 Jun 2017
Extreme fire which burnt ca. 25,000 haHigh smoke plume injection, carrying emissions to upper...
James Furlaud Conference Poster 2016
14 Aug 2016
Wet sclerophyll forests are Tasmania’s most dangerous fuel type
Rainforests on Fire: Assessing Bushfire Risk in Tasmania's Wet Forest Types
18 Aug 2015
A proposal to calibrate the Phoenix RapidFire prediction model for Tasmania's wet forest types to...
Smoke Plume Injection into the Atmosphere and Subsequent Pyrocumulus 'Blow-Up'
18 Aug 2015
Fire influences climates through emission of gas and particles into the atmosphere.Advances in...
An Emprical Model for Assessing Daily Bushfire Community Smoke Exposure Over Large Geographic Areas
18 Aug 2015
The Smoke Impacts project has three major streams.(1) Assessing direct health impacts of exposure...

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