Improving smoke management for Victorians

  • When we carry out planned burns, we work with the Department of Health and Human Services and Environment Protection Authority to minimise smoke impacts on communities. While these impacts can never be entirely avoided, a balance is sought between managing smoke and reducing the risk of major bushfires.
  • We have invested in new technologies to predict the spread and dispersal of smoke from planned burns, and better manage smoke impacts on communities, infrastructure and the environment.
    • The Air Quality Forecast System (AQFx) forecasts the concentration and distribution of smoke and pollutants.  The AQFx was developed through collaboration between DELWP, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Tasmania.
    • Further research by CSIRO and University of Tasmania has led to the development of the Air Quality Visualisation system (AQVx) which incorporates satellite and crowd sourced data to provide real time smoke event monitoring intelligence.
  • We have partnered with CSIRO and the Department of Education to rollout a schools Science Technology Engineer and Math (STEM) project which places smoke monitors in schools and teaches children about sensor technology and environmental data collection.

Page last updated: 15/10/18