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Bushfire and Climate Change Research Project

In 2016 the Tasmanian Government committed $250,000 to a research project investigating:

  • the impact of climate change on future bushfire risk in Tasmania’s wilderness areas; and
  • appropriate firefighting responses.

This research project was established following a series of bushfires in the summer of 2015-16, which burned across approximately 143,000 hectares of Tasmania. The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, approximately 20,100 hectares, or around 1.3 per cent of the area, was fire-affected.

The research project examined how climate change, specifically future fire danger and other variables, will impact on future bushfire risk in Tasmania’s wilderness areas. It also identified and addressed information gaps to strengthen our ability to prepare for, and respond to, bushfires in these areas. 

The work was led by Dr Tony Press, an Adjunct Professor with the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC). 

Download a copy of the Terms of Reference for the project.

Dr Press provided a final report, including recommendations, to the Tasmanian Government in December 2016.

Download a copy of the Final Report: