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The future of bushfires: Are we ready for the Big Burn?


“The future of bushfires: Are we ready for the Big Burn?” as seen at the University of Wollongong’s 2017 Big Ideas Festival.

We live on a continent with a long history of fire. Fire has shaped the evolution, structure and function of its unique biota and ecosystems. Our knowledge of fire has been transformed in the last couple of decades by new ways of viewing and analysing it (e.g. satellites, computer simulations, geographical information systems etc.), as well as the pressing challenge of understanding responses to future changes in climate and human activity. What is the likely future trajectory of fire and how will this affect our quest to manage risks to human communities and local ecosystems? Are we in line for the big burn? Senior Professor Bradstock asks.

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  • Hazards:Wild Fire
  • Countries/Regions:Australia

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/56736

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