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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Call for Submissions to Special Issue of Fire: Bushfires in Tasmania

The open-access journal Fire has announced a special issue focusing on bushfire in Tasmania. Prof. Crystal Holden, Prof. David Bowman and Dr. Rebecca Harris, all members of or contributors to the Fire Centre, are guest editors. The Special Issue focuses on bushfire in Tasmania, its sociopolitical, economic and ecological impacts, its management by the state agencies […]

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Tasmanian forest fires leave people feeling threatened

  The 2019 Tasmanian fires burned for weeks and covered extensive areas of the state, causing much anxiety for those who feel a deep connection to this island. Fire Centre Director Prof. David Bowman appears on ABC’s the Science Show to discuss the 2019 Tasmanian wildfires and their effect on the psychological health of Tasmanians. […]

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Curious Kids: how do bushfires start?

Fire Centre Director Prof. David Bowman answers a 7 year-old’s question about how a bushfire starts for The Conversation‘s Curious Kids Series. Curious Kids is series for children and a collaboration between The Conversation and ABC KIDS listen. I have a question to ask. How do bushfires start? – Samuel Hart, age 7. What a great […]

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Update on the Threat to Tasmania’s Iconic Gondwanan Vegetation

  28 January 2019 Fire Centre Director Prof. David Bowman speaks with ABC Hobart’s Ryk Goddard to give an update on the wilderness fires and the status of fire sensitive vegetation in Tasmania’s alpine areas given the current threat from out of control wildfires. While sensitive vegetation remains mostly in-tact there are some important conversations […]

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Wildfire science is at a loss for comprehensive data

In 2013, a ferocious fire destroyed a small seaside village east of Hobart, Australia, the city where I live and work as a pyrogeographer. A newspaper photograph captured the terror of the firestorm: in it, a family shelters under a jetty in surreal, smoky orange twilight. Last week, spookily similar images from Greece, where people […]

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Research and technology collide to help Tasmanians breathe easier

For most people, every breath comes without a thought. But for some, taking in the outdoor air and scenery can literally be breathtaking. Through creative work and research Associate Professor Fay Johnston and her team have created a smartphone app to help bring simplicity back to breathing for Australians with asthma, hay fever and other lung conditions. […]

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