Historical landscape changes in Tasmania

Tasmanian and southeastern Australian landscape change and the effects of burning and grazing histories.

This project aims to investigate the land-cover changes on the islands located in Tasmania and south-eastern Australia. Following European colonization, and subsequent cessation of Aboriginal fire management, these landscapes underwent dramatic shifts in land use and management strategies with complex clearing, livestock grazing and burning histories, making them excellent case studies to compare the effect of different anthropogenic disturbance on land-cover dynamics and fire regimes. The project will combine field surveys and remote sensing analyses to uncover the anthropogenic and environmental correlates of historical changes in land cover and fire activity, to identify sustainable fire management practices based on local characteristics and future climate predictions. This research is closely linked with a current project with the Australian National University and is supported by an ARC Laureate fellowship held by Professor David Bowman.


Dr Stefania Ondei

Fire Centre Research Hub, The University of Tasmania
Private Bag 55, Hobart TAS 7001, Australia
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‘The Fire Centre acknowledges the Palawa and Pakana people as the traditional and ongoing custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania), paying respect to their culture and identity which has been bound up with the Land, Sea, Waterways and Sky for generations. The Fire Centre commits to being culturally inclusive and respectful in our relationships”
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