Bushfire science, research and adaptive management
DEPI continually improves the quality of its decision-making in fire management by investing in science. The importance such learning is emphasised in the Code of Practice for Bushfire Management on Public Land 2012 and the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
To become more effective at learning the DEPI has developed a bushfire science strategy:
The strategy guides science investment through focusing on three strategy areas:
- policy driven investment management
- portfolio structure and flexibility
- knowledge translation.
DEPI invests externally in bushfire science mainly through partnership arrangements with the following research organisations:
- the Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science at the University of Melbourne
- the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre.
DEPI also funds a range of other organisations to undertake research.
DEPI has a rich history of investing in applied bushfire science both internally and externally, and has published this work in a series of reports.
Originally called Fire Research Reports (from 1977–2004) these are now Fire and Adaptive Management Reports (from 2008). See fire research and adaptive management publications.
The reports address the themes listed below.
- knowledge, learning, change and community
- bushfire management and impacts.
- fuel assessment, management and reduction
- ecological effects, monitoring and resilience
- pine plantations – fuels and planned burning.
Physical research theme:
- fire behaviour and firefighting
- fire cause statistics
- aircraft and retardant.