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Recognising the Ancient Skill of Cultural Burning


Bowman, D and Lehman, G, Recognising the Ancient Skill of Cultural Burning, Continent Aflame: Responses to an Australian Catastrophe, Palaver, P Anderson, S Gardner, P James and P Komesaroff (ed), Australia, pp. 28-31. ISBN 978-0648855101 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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The bushfire crisis that occurred in southern NSW and eastern Victoria in the summer of 2019-2020 was completely unprecedented. In a few days in early January we saw a sequence of events that were truly extraordinary: clusters of fire thunderstorms. Prior to this time, pyro-cumulonimbus (pyroCb) events were quite rare.1 There had, for example, only ever been one previous fire thunderstorm in Tasmania that we know of - in 2013.2 When a pyroCb event occurs the weather, the fire, the atmosphere and the land all become coupled and the situation goes completely out of control - just like in an atomic explosion.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:fire, Australia, 2019-2020
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Bowman, D (Professor David Bowman)
UTAS Author:Lehman, G (Professor Gregory Lehman)
ID Code:145762
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Aboriginal Engagement
Deposited On:2021-08-05
Last Modified:2021-09-24

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