Hazard reduction burns just one piece of the puzzle: fire expert

The blame game over who is responsible for the fires raging around the country is escalating. Nationals MPs have renewed their attacks on the Greens, suggesting opposition to hazard reduction burns had heightened the fire threat. Fire Science Professor David Bowman discusses hazard reduction methods used in Australia and whether they are enough to prevent […]

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Fire Centre Research Hub Volunteer Program Placements

The Fire Centre Research Hub undertakes a wide range of field and laboratory research.  Frequently we have opportunities for motivated volunteers to join our research teams. We will generously cover all field expenses (food and transport), and for longer projects sometimes offer fractional employment.  The volunteer program provides opportunities to try out fire related research, […]

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The Amazon rainforest fires

David Bowman, Professor of Pyrogeography at the University of Tasmania, explains the shocking reality behind the Amazon rainforest fires. This piece originally aired on ABC’s On Drive on 27 August 2019. Brazil’s hard-right government has this afternoon declared it will knock back an aid package from G7 countries with money and resources to help extinguish […]

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Talking Point: When will the mountain burn?

DAVID BOWMAN: After 1967 and Dunalley, it’s hard to explain the ignorance of the potential for catastrophic bushfire in Hobart HOBART is framed by kunanyi/Mt Wellington, which provides a superb backdrop to our city. It is an ancient presence, framing our daily lives, even sometimes affecting our moods. But there is another, fierce dimension to […]

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PhD Opportunity: Mapping fire impacts in Tasmanian giant Eucalyptus forests

Mapping fire impacts in Tasmanian giant Eucalyptus forests using state-of-the-art remote sensing techniques The Fire Centre is looking for a PhD student to study the impacts of the 2019 Tasmanian Bushfires on Tasmania’s iconic Tall Wet Eucalypt Forests. The Research Project Tasmania is world-renowned for tall Eucalyptus forests. In early 2019, vast areas of forest […]

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PhD Opportunity: Hobart City Bushfire Risk

Understand the bushfire risk profile of the City of Hobart using a transdisciplinary biophysical and social geographic approach The Fire Centre is looking for a PhD student to engage in a multi-disciplinary project identifying vulnerable populations in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) around the Tasmanian capital of Hobart. The research will employ both sociological and biogeographic […]

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Nature: Diversity helps fight wildfires

Fire Centre Director Prof. David Bowman and Dr. Cathelijne Stoof from Wageningen University in the Nederlands have written a communication for the prestigious journal Nature discussing the importance of diversity, both in terms of background and in terms of perspective, in the wildland fire sector. One of the core goals of the Fire Centre is to promote the […]

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Curious Climate: How will climate change affect bushfires?

ABC Hobart’s Leon Compton speaks with Prof. David Bowman, Director of the Fire Centre, and Sandra Wight, Director of Community Fire Safety at the Tasmania Fire Service about living in a bushfire-prone landscape in the context. Southeastern Tasmania appears to be particularly vulnerable to climate change and developing new solutions to landscape management and incorporating new […]

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