Ross Bradstock

Prof Ross Bradstock

Prof Ross Bradstock

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 delivers:

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.
Research team:
27 Aug 2019
Rising public and professional expectations require a greater, more transparent understanding of...
From hectares to tailor-made solutions
19 Sep 2018
How does the diverse and changing biophysical, climatic and human context of southern Australia...
Deconstructing Suppression Efforts on Large Bushfires
19 Sep 2018
Large bushfires (over 500ha) account for a disproportionate amount of both hectares burned and...
From hectares to tailor-made solutions for prescribed burning
30 Jun 2017
How does prescribed burning effectiveness in mitigating risk depend on the diverse and changing...
Productivity of firefighting resources on large bushfires
29 Jun 2017
This project will seek to answer the following questions:What are the productivity rates of...
Ross Bradstock Conference Poster 2016
14 Aug 2016
This project will deliver a prescribed burning atlas to guide implementation of ‘tailor-made’...
Heather Simpson Conference Poster 2016
14 Aug 2016
This project strives to determine what effect suppression operations have on large fires.
Owen Price Conference Poster 2016
14 Aug 2016
To describe the actual and potential costs and benefits of bushfire preparedness and response...
Delivering Effective Prescribed Burning Across Southern Australia
18 Aug 2015
Although many jurisdictions are committed to prescribed burning, we do not understand its effects...

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