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: 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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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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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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Learning From Change

The full extent of devastation following the recent bushfires in Tasmania is becoming clear. This is what our worried researchers found when it was finally safe enough to visit TERN’s highly instrumented, long-term ecological research site in the Huon Valley. The site burnt and infrastructure was destroyed but the event has offered up a great […]

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An American’s view of Tassie fires

Dr Crystal A. Kolden Associate Professor of Fire Science University of Idaho Fire Centre Visiting Scholar Let me be upfront — I’m only a guest here in Tasmania. I’m a fire scientist of 20-plus years from the United States, and currently associate professor at the University of Idaho. I started out my career as a […]

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How long will Tasmanian fire crisis last?

David Bowman Director — Fire Centre Research Hub Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science University of Tasmania No one could have predicted the current fire crisis. The vast areas burnt and under threat of being burnt by numerous bushfires are the result of a complex mix of climate factors, each on their own quite ordinary, […]

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