- 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 Earth and Marine Sciences, Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Indigenous Australian Studies
This course will be next offered in 2024.
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 simulation modelling. An exploration of the sensitivity of fire regimes to natural and human factors then provides a context for exploring the likely effects of climate change and other aspects of global change on future bushfire dynamics. Similarly, it provides context for understanding the role of bushfire management, including cultural and prescribed burning, in modifying fire regimes. These themes are brought together in an analysis of managing likelihood of adverse outcomes from bushfires, including legal and other societal implications.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain the pivotal importance of fire regimes for the present and future management of natural landscapes
- Explain methods for exploring fire regime effects including through long-term experiments and landscape simulation
- Explain how the sensitivity of fire regimes to natural and human factors provides a context for exploring effects of land management, and the likely effects of climate change and other aspects of global change, on bushfire occurrence
- Explain principles for managing likelihood of adverse outcomes from bushfires, and for understanding subsequent legal and other societal implications of adverse outcomes
- Acquire, demonstrate and generate knowledge on bushfire dynamics, effects, measurement and management
- Select and research a relevant topic in depth (e.g. literature analysis, computer modelling)
A quota will apply to admission to this course. Students must register an expression of interest to enrol via the following website.
- Students must submit one laboratory sheet and attend 80% of reading discussion groups to attain a final grade. A CRS will be applied against these requirements. (0) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- One-hour mid-block quiz on significance and management of fire regimes in Australian and overseas environments. (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- 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 1,2,5]
- 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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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the session including:
- Face-to face component consisting of 65 hours of contact delivered intensively over 2 weeks comprising: lectures, practicals and field excursions;
- Approximately 65 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
There is no prescribed text in this course.
Required reading will me notified and made available before course commencement, via the ANU course website.
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