- Code ENVS6308
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr Geoffrey Cary
- Mode of delivery In Person
Summer Session 2014
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Fire is pivotal to the functioning of Australian ecosystems. This course explores a range of important themes concerning bushfires in Australian and international environments. The inter-dependent relationship between fire regimes and biota is explored using evidence from experiments and theory. Techniques for measuring and modelling fire regimes, including dendrochronology, charcoal sampling and landscape simulation, are then investigated. These are used to understand fire regimes of the past, present and future, including during pre-human, Aboriginal, and European eras. The sensitivity of fire regimes to natural and human factors provides context for exploring the likely effects of climate change and other aspects of global change on future bushfire occurrence. Similarly, it provides context for understanding the role of bushfire management, including prescribed burning, in modifying fire regimes. Finally, these themes are brought together in an analysis of managing likelihood of adverse outcomes from bushfires. Key components of the course are insights into ongoing research being undertaken in the Fenner School, the Department of Archaeology and Natural History, the ANU College of Law, the Bushfire CRC, CSIRO, and an international network of landscape fire modellers.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
Please note: An enrolment quota applies to this course.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Explain the pivotal importance of fire regimes for Australian landscapes and their management, including the importance of fire regimes of the past, present and future during pre-human, Aboriginal and European eras
2. Explain methods for measuring and modelling fire regimes, including dendrochronology, charcoal sampling and landscape simulation
3. Explain how the sensitivity of fire regimes to natural and human factors provides a context for exploring the likely effects of climate change and other aspects of global change on the future occurrence of bushfires
4. Apply principles for managing likelihood of adverse outcomes from bushfires
5. Acquire, demonstrate and generate knowledge on bushfire dynamics, effects, measurement and management
6. Select and research a relevant topic in depth (e.g. literature analysis, computer modelling)
Students must submit one laboratory sheet and attend 80% of reading discussion groups to attain a final grade. Assessment will be based on:
- One-hour mid-block quiz on measurement and biological significance of past, present and future fire regimes in Australian and overseas environments (20%; LO 1, 2, 5)
- 2000-word practical report, either constructing computer simulation model of plant dynamics subject to recurrent fire or analysis of data from a long-term fire ecology experiment (35%; LO 2, 3, 4)
- 3000-word research paper (literature review or computer modelling) on relevant topic agreed with Course Convenor (45%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) .
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Summer Session (3-14 February 2014). 65 contact hours taught as a two-week block course, comprising lectures, practicals and field excursions
Requisite and Incompatibility
Bradstock, R.A., Gill A.M. and Williams, R.J. (eds) (2012). Flammable Australia: Fire Regimes, Biodiversity and Ecosystems in a Changing World. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|1399||03 Feb 2014||04 Feb 2014||07 Feb 2014||14 Feb 2014||In Person||N/A|