Developing improved curing information for fire managers in the Top End of the Northern Territory

Developing improved curing information for fire managers in the Top End of the Northern Territory

Fri, 21/03/2014 - 10:00

About the Presenter

Olukemi R. Alaba-Ekpo

Olukemi Alaba graduated from University of Lagos, Nigeria with Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying and Geoinformatics. Olukemi worked with Abuja Geographic information system (AGIS), in Nigeria for a couple of years as the supervisor for the Document Management Department. In September 2008, Olukemi got the admission to study at the University of Twente, in the Netherlands for Master Degree in Geo-information Science. On completion of her study in 2010, she worked with TomTom Navigation, in the Netherlands for a year before relocating to Australia in 2011. Currently, Olukemi is enrolled at CDU as a Masters by Research student. She is focusing on improving decision making in fire management in the NT by validating existing fire products using remote sensing and GIS applications.


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An average of 350 000 km2 of Australia’s 1.9 million km2 sparsely settled northern savannas are burnt annually, mostly by relatively intense and extensive late dry season bushfires. Although bushfires cannot be completely prevented, their impact can be minimized with fire management strategies. Understanding the present fire management practices is important for developing improved products for future fire management. Furthermore, the availability of accurate curing information is important for developing improved fire management strategies. Curing is the drying and dying of grasses and the degree of curing has significant effect on the ability for fires to occur and spread in grasslands. Therefore, this research has two key aspects. Firstly, a stakeholders’ survey will be conducted to investigate the current practices of fire mangers in obtaining curing information. This will inform on how fire managers currently estimate grassland curing state in the Top end of the NT. Secondly, application of remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) in combination with field data collection will be used to validate an existing national curing product to improve decision making in fire management. This presentation will address the research proposal for a masters by research project in remote sensing and fire management. The expected output of this research will be an informed report on how fire managers’ in the top end currently estimate curing and an assessment on the accuracy of the currently available national based curing product.

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