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Spatial databases and techniques to assist with prescribed fire management in the south-east Queensland bioregion

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Srivastava, S. K., Lewis, T., Behrendorff, L. and Phinn, S. (2020) Spatial databases and techniques to assist with prescribed fire management in the south-east Queensland bioregion. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 30 (2). pp. 90-111. ISSN 1448-5516

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1071/WF19105


This paper identifies key fire history and fire-related spatial databases that can be utilised for effective planning and assessment of prescribed burns in south-eastern Queensland. To ensure that appropriate fire regimes are maintained for specific management objectives (e.g. biodiversity conservation or risk management), and to assist fire managers with planning prescribed fire and post-fire assessments, we describe, using case studies and existing tools, the application of remote sensing data and derived burned area products together with field data to potentially: (1) improve mapping of fire-prone areas; (2) improve the accuracy of mapping burned areas; (3) monitor temporal changes in fuel structure; and (4) map post-fire severity. This study utilised data collected from aerial and satellite-based multispectral, microwave and laser (LiDAR) sensors. There are several spatial databases and analytical methods available that are not currently used by fire management agencies in this region. For example, the methods to estimate fuel, such as LiDAR, are underutilised and unburned patches within a burned area are not routinely mapped. Better use of spatial datasets could lead to an improved understanding of variables such as fuel status, resulting in more efficient use of fire management resources.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Keywords:burned-area mapping, fire regimes, fuel mapping, prescribed fire management, regional, remote sensing of fire, southeast Queensland. AgTech AgriTech
Subjects:Science > Statistics > Statistical data analysis
Science > Statistics > Statistical software
Forestry > Research. Experimentation
Forestry > Forestry management
Forestry > Conservation and protection
Technology > Technology (General)
Live Archive:05 Nov 2020 00:22
Last Modified:09 Nov 2021 04:17

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