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An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate. A Report for the National Bushfire Mitigation Tasmanian Grants Program (NBMP)

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Harris, RMB and Remenyi, T and Fox-Hughes, P and Love, P and Phillips, HE and Bindoff, NL, An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate. A Report for the National Bushfire Mitigation - Tasmanian Grants Program (NBMP), Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Australia (2018) [Contract Report]


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Abstract

Fire danger is projected to increase across much of Tasmania under ongoing climate change, with the fire season starting earlier in the year, and lasting for longer. Prescribed burning is currently the only effective method of managing bushfire risk at the landscape scale in Tasmania and is generally carried out during autumn (and to a lesser extent spring), when weather conditions allow low intensity burns to be safely managed.

Objectives of the report

This report investigates the changing conditions for prescribed burning in Tasmania under climate change, with a focus on three aspects:

  1. seasonal and monthly changes in the climate variables that determine when prescribed burning can be applied (rainfall, temperature, fuel moisture and atmospheric stability);
  2. the frequency and distribution of daily weather patterns associated with atmospheric instability and extreme fire danger;
  3. changes to broad vegetation types that may result from the interaction between climate change and frequency of burning.

Item Details

Item Type:Contract Report
Keywords:fire management, climate change, Tasmania, vegetation change
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Ecological Applications
Research Field:Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts)
UTAS Author:Harris, RMB (Dr Rebecca Harris)
UTAS Author:Remenyi, T (Dr Tom Remenyi)
UTAS Author:Fox-Hughes, P (Dr Paul Fox-Hughes)
UTAS Author:Love, P (Dr Peter Love)
UTAS Author:Phillips, HE (Dr Helen Phillips)
UTAS Author:Bindoff, NL (Professor Nathan Bindoff)
ID Code:132507
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2019-05-08
Last Modified:2019-05-10
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