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This subject introduces students to bushfires in Australia. The effects of fuel, weather and climate on the nature and periodicity of bushfires; the history of fire in Australia; the importance of fire to aboriginal culture and life; the effect bushfires have on fauna, flora, soils and hydrology; the importance of bushfire as an ecological process; the social and economic impact of bushfires; the role and impacts planned fire in the landscape; bushfire smoke and greenhouse gas production; design and planning of houses and towns in bushfire-prone environments.
Intended learning outcomes
- To understand how bushfires behave.
- To understand the factors affecting fire intensity, frequency, size, patchiness and seasonality.
- To understand the ecological role of bushfires.
- To understand how we can live in a bushfire environment.
- To learn what impact climate change might have on bushfires and the environment.
- High level ability to synthesize and critically evaluate information from a range of sources
- Moderate level ability to organise and evaluate quantitative data
- High level ability to apply theory to practical problems
Last updated: 6 December 2023