Fire Scar Impacts on Surface Heat and Moisture Fluxes in Australia's Tropical Savanna and Feedbacks to Local and Regional Climate

  • Tapper, Nigel (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Beringer, Jason, (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Hutley, Lindsay (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Siems, Steven (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Description

Fire burns as much as 250,000 km2 of northern Australia every year, mostly tropical savanna land. The atmospheric impacts of burning extend beyond the direct emissions of aerosol and trace gases to include the effects of land surface alteration on atmospheric circulation. Using observation and modelling, this study examines the modification of surface heat and moisture fluxes to the atmosphere caused by fire scars, along with the impact of such changes on atmospheric motion and precipitation at a range of scales. This unique work is of fundamental scientific interest and significance for current and future management of this important national resource.''
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/0331/12/05

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD210,000.00
  • Monash University
  • Monash University