The importance of such learning is emphasised in the Code of Practice for Bushfire Management on Public Land 2012 and the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
To become more effective at learning we have developed a bushfire science strategy:
- Bushfire science strategy [PDF File - 2.4 MB]
- Bushfire science strategy (accessible) [MS Word - 131.5 KB]
The strategy guides science investment through focusing on three strategy areas:
- policy driven investment management
- portfolio structure and flexibility
- knowledge translation
We invest externally in bushfire science, mainly through partnership arrangements with the following research organisations:
We also funds a range of other organisations to undertake research.
We have a rich history of investing in applied bushfire science both internally and externally, and have published this work in a series of reports.
Originally called Fire Research Reports (from 1977 - 2004) these are now Fire and Adaptive Management Reports (from 2008).
The reports address the themes below.
|Social research||Biological research||Physical research theme|
|Community - understanding, impacts and values||Hazard management|
Ecosystem, monitoring and resilience
Pine plantations - fuels and planned burning
Aircraft and fire retardant
DELWP’s Forest, Fire and Regions Group (FFRG) also publish an annual catalogue of our current research, including describing how we will use it to learn and improve.
The 2017-18 Bushfires and Knowledge: FFRG Science Catalogue includes a bushfire science history for Victoria. This history is an insight into just how long and dedicated our commitment to improving bushfire management through science has been.
- Bushfires and Knowledge: FFRG Science Catalogue 2017-18 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
- Bushfires and Knowledge: FFRG Science Catalogue 2017-18 (accessible version) (DOCX, 69.2 KB)
For more detailed information about current projects listed in the Science Catalogue, please see a list of available project fact sheets below.
Project Fact Sheets
Integrated landscape decision support system
Incorporating values in bushfire risk decision making: further development of tools and strategies
Dynamic smoke intelligence using remote sensing and fixed sensors
Community impacts of smoke
Improving the representation of bushfire risk
Landscape fuel moisture forecasting for bushfire risk assessment
Improving fire fighter safety with RADAR based warnings
Planned burn mapping in Victoria using remote sensing
Framework for using and updating ecological models to inform bushfire management planning