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Research to drive change begins
The Bushfire CRC is currently undertaking a large program of work to communicate to CFA members and other agencies around Australia and New Zealand the findings from the last three years of research.
This is an important step in ensuring the research is made accessible to a broad range of audiences both now and into the future.
The Bushfire CRC is producing a number of documentary-style videos and conducting online forums to stimulate discussion and raise awareness of the various projects and their outcomes. The online forums kick off tomorrow, Wednesday 7 May at 12pm AEST.
Mapping fire in the tropical north will be the first topic covered. This project developed fire severity mapping to help manage fire in the tropical savannas and rangelands across Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The study has determined that on average over half the landscape was affected by fire each year, releasing vast amounts of carbon and destroying the carbon stored in trees. Reducing these greenhouse gas emissions will have enormous financial benefits for fire managers, as well as indigenous land owners, allowing them to earn incomes managing the land.
Join the forum to hear Dr Andrew Edwards discuss how the results of the project have improved ecological-risk assessments, including greenhouse gas emissions, tree carbon sequestration, biodiversity and erosion.
Full details are available on the Bushfire CRC website, including free registration and key resources you should know about.
Visit the Bushfire CRC website regularly for details on the ten online forums that will be conducted through to September 2014. Topics covered include community safety, next generation fire modelling, extreme fire behaviour, firefighter health and safety, ecology, incident management and economics to aid decision making.