Fire research

Research guides management actions to minimise the risk of harmful impacts of bushfire, while maintaining healthy, biodiverse, natural landscapes.

To better understand the complex nature of fire and how it interacts with climate change, biodiversity, fragmentation of natural landscapes, urbanisation, weeds and pest animals, the Department of Planning and Environment engages in and fosters scientific research. This research also guides the Department's fire management activities to ensure that the fire regimes in native vegetation are appropriate for the long-term persistence of ecological communities, species and populations of native plants and animals, the protection and conservation of cultural heritage, and for people's safety and enjoyment. Within the Department, the Fire and Cultural Science Team delivers science informed by cultural and ecological knowledge to improve fire management and sustain country.

Fire research is delivered by the Department scientists and external research partners, in line with the Scientific Rigour requirements (PDF 175KB) and the 2017 review bushfire research. This ensures our research meets globally accepted standards for scientific rigour from start to finish, providing robust scientific evidence to support management decisions.

The Department currently supports fire research through the following main avenues:

Monitoring fire recovery after Wambelong wildfire Warrumbungle National Park field based research

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A review of NSW Office of Environment and Heritage investment in bushfire research

This review examines the efficacy, appropriateness and outputs of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage investment model for undertaking bushfire research, in particular, the returns on investment in the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires at the University of Wollongong.