Examines principles of combustion and fire behaviour based on an understanding of meteorological events; the role of fire in ecosystem function; techniques of fire control including hazard reduction and other prescribed burning techniques; review of suppression strategies.
1. Fire Through Time: pre-human, Aboriginal and European fire
2. Plant and Animal Adaptations: surviving fire and exploiting the post fire environment
3. Open-ecosystems: the role of fire in shaping ecosystem structure & distribution
4. Fire Behaviour: the role of weather, topography and fuel dynamics
5. Fire Management: managing fire regimes for hazard reduction and ecological burning, cultural burning
6. Fire in a Changing World: climate change and carbon cycles
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:|
|1||understand the physical principles driving fire behaviour|
|2||demonstrate an advanced understanding of the ecological role of fire, particularly in forested ecosystems|
|3||analyse opposing fire management systems for their impact on ecological health and community safety.|
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- understand the physical principles driving fire behaviour
- demonstrate an advanced understanding of the ecological role of fire, particularly in forested ecosystems
- analyse opposing fire management systems for their impact on ecological health and community safety.
- William J. Bond, 2019, Open Ecosystems: ecology and evolution beyond the forest edge, First Edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom. ISBN: 9780198812456.
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