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EV3407 - Fire Science and Management for Northern Australia

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences

This subject will introduce a systematic study of fire in a context relevant to northern Australian savanna environments. Content will include: study of fire as a phenomenon; climatology and meteorology of fire; fire behaviour; modelling fire behaviour; biological implications of fire; historical perspectives on fire and fire regimes; managing fire Indigenous perspectives; managing fire main stream perspectives; fire suppression and mitigation.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop an appreciation of the role of fire in northern Australian ecosystems;
  • introduce techniques of fire suppression and management in the northern Australian setting;
  • introduce theoretical and practical aspects of using fire as a management tool in northern Australian environments;
  • build skills in the measurement and analysis of environmental variables affecting fire behaviour in northern Australian environments.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.