Fire in the landscape

Fire in the landscape

This online forum took place on Friday 29 August 2014

Duration: 1 hour approx


Research projects covered: Fires and hydrology of south-eastern mixed-species forests, Quantifying water quality risks following bushfire, Greenhouse gas emissions from fire and Environmental impact of prescribed and bushfire - emissions management

What's it about?

Fire, like rain, heat, drought and human activity, has long been a contributor to the nature of the Australian landscape. It can be destructive and beneficial. In all ecosystems, too much, too little, or the wrong kind of fire can have profound effects.

This forum revealed the findings of four key studies by University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney researchers on the impact  of fire on our landscape in terms of water quantity and quality and the changing nature of carbon stores (above and below the ground).

The first two studies focused on the role and impact of planned and unplanned fire in water quality and quantity from catchment forests in south-eastern Australia.

Specifically, this work addressed broad management questions faced by land managers about the volume of water used by trees after fire, the quantity of water that goes into catchments, and water quality fitness for use in towns and cities.

The other two studies concentrated on the quantification of carbon losses during fire, a key issue emerging from climate change and increasing greenhouse gases within our atmosphere.

Overview of the research


Watch a replay of the forum


Who attended?

  • Land managers
  • Environmental managers
  • Fire managers
  • Fire planners
  • Catchment managers

Key resources you should know about

News from the Event

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