New books, reports and articles in the library

May and June 2022

Fire incidents - Australian

Emergency Management

Leadership and Management

Fire incidents - International

Aviation and Drones

Mental Health


Fire Investigation

Fitness and Health

Fire Behaviour

Buildings and Bushfires

Volunteer Management

Forest Fire Danger Index

Professional Safety


Mitigation and Hazard Reduction

Fire Mapping and Remote Sensing

Meteorology and Climate Change

Fire incidents - Australia

Eighth November : the Kian road fire 2019  (Book)

By Carrolline Rhodes, 2021

The New South Wales bushfires during the 2019/20 summer was a black summer. In the Nambucca Valley that black summer began around noon on 8th November and from the Mayor down, none of its 19,000 residents had any idea that they were about to experience the area's worst natural disaster. Some were in town shopping, others were having an early afternoon sleep, and suddenly there it was, an out-of-control fire bearing down on their homes and everything they held dear. This publication captures the Valley's people in all their diversity. From greenies to old school farmers and everyone between, people comment on hazard reduction burning, its pluses and minuses, on the loss of native animals and habitat, on their fears for the future in a world facing the effects of climate change - and then there are those who say global warming is a conspiracy.

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Fire incidents - International

Scientists develop method for seasonal prediction of Western wildfires (ScienceDaily news article)

National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, May 2022

The US summer's Western wildfire season is likely to be more severe than average but not as devastating as last year's near-record, according to an experimental prediction method that predicts wildfire season months in advance. The new method, detailed in a peer-reviewed study, analyses precipitation, temperatures, drought, and other climate conditions in the winter and spring in order to predict the extent of wildfires across the western United States during the following summer.

Use this ScienceDaily link to read the article online.

The wildfire twenty : a firefighting memoir

Harold Larson, 2022

In the spring of 2011, a devastating wildfire almost destroyed the town of Slave Lake. From the aftermath, a new type of Alberta firefighting crew was created to fight wildfires that could threaten entire communities. These 20-person crews would become known as "Units." The Wildfire Twenty is the memoir of veteran firefighter Harold Larson leading the first Peace River Unit crew as they learn how to battle natural disasters on an epic scale.

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California's 2020 wildfire season (ScienceDaily news article)

University of California, May 2022

A new study summarising the 2020 California wildfire year said just over 9,900 wildfires burned 4.3 million acres in 2020. That's twice the previous record but only average compared to burn rates before Euro-American settlement. Fire severity is the far greater concern..

Use this ScienceDaily link to read the article online.
The original research article "The 2020 California fire season: A year like no other, a return to the past or a harbinger of the future?" can be read online here.

Western Canada’s new wildfire reality needs a new approach to fire management (Journal article)

Environmental Research Letters, Volume 17, June 2022

Wildfire seasons in Canada are changing. Recent uncharacteristically large and intense wildfires have exceeded abilities for fire suppression, highlighting the urgent need for improved methods and resource capacities to mitigate wildfire risk.

Use this IOPscience link to read the article online.

Patents and forest fire control (Spain) (Spanish report)

OEPM Spain, May 2022

This study aims to present the most promising technologies in the field of firefight and control of wildfires. It also offers a broader perspective, revealing the main initiatives and policies related to the fight and control of forest fires, adopted by the Iberian institutions.

Use this Spanish Patent and Trademark Office link to read the report online.


Survey of federal wildland firefighters: working conditions, safety, morale, & barriers to recruitment & retention (US Survey)

Robin M. Verble, Rachel Granberg, and Seth Person, June 2022

A US survey of 708 federal wildland firefighters found that they reported dissatisfaction with recruitment and hiring processes, insufficient base salaries, poor mental health outcomes, elevated risks to health and safety, and significant effects of wildland firefighting on family status.

Use this Wildland Fire Survey link to read the survey results and executive summary online.

Don’t Fret : Worrying about a fire makes you less likely to respond to one correctly, an Irish study finds (Journal article)

NFPA Journal, June 2022

If you often worry about experiencing a home fire, it would stand to reason that you’d be more likely to evacuate if you heard the smoke alarm go off, right? Wrong. That was one of the counterintuitive findings of a study published in the journal Safety Science in April. The study was born, in an indirect way, out of the Grenfell Tower fire. After that blaze, which killed 72 people in a high-rise in London, the Irish government called for more research into fire safety measures in homes and public perception of fire risk.

Use this NFPA Journal link to read the article online. The full study can be downloaded here.

Fire Behaviour

Global environmental controls on wildfire burnt area, size, and intensity (Journal article)

Environmental Research Letters, Volume 17, June 2022

Wildfire is included as a distinct process in many dynamic global vegetation models but limited current understanding of fire regimes restricts these models' ability to reproduce more than the broadest geographic patterns. The authors present a statistical analysis of the global controls of remotely sensed burnt area (BA), fire size (FS), and a derived metric related to fire intensity (FI).

Use this IOPscience link to read the article online.

The fuel–climate–fire conundrum: How will fire regimes change in temperate eucalypt forests under climate change? (Journal article)

Global Change Biology Journal, Published online early 16 June 2022

Fire regimes are changing across the globe in response to complex interactions between climate, fuel, and fire across space and time. Despite these complex interactions, research into predicting fire regime change is often unidimensional, typically focusing on direct relationships between fire activity and climate, increasing the chances of erroneous fire predictions that have ignored feedbacks with, for example, fuel loads and availability. The authors applied their simulation framework to predict changes in fire regimes across six temperate forested landscapes in south-eastern Australia that encompass a broad continuum from climate-limited to fuel-limited. Climate-mediated change in weather and fuel was predicted to intensify fire regimes in all six landscapes by increasing wildfire extent and intensity and decreasing fire interval, potentially led by an earlier start to the fire season.

Use this Wiley Online Library link to read the article online.

Vegetation’s influence on fire behavior goes beyond just being fuel (Journal article)

Fire Ecology, 10 June 2022

The structure and function of fire-prone ecosystems are influenced by many interacting processes that develop over varying time scales. Fire creates both instantaneous and long-term changes in vegetation (defined as live, dead, and decomposing plant material) through combustion, heat transfer to living tissues, and subsequent patterns of recovery. While fuel available for combustion may be relative to the amount of vegetation, it is equally instructive to evaluate how the physical structure and other characteristics of vegetation influence fire dynamics, and how these interactions change between fire events.

Use this Fire Ecology link to read the article online.

Laboratory study of initial fire growth in eucalypt litter (Science bulletin)

CSIRO PyroPage, Issue 32 May 2022

This issue details the findings of research into the initial growth of fires is eucalypt litter conducted in the CSIRO Pyrotron as part of a larger study of fire growth in eucalypt forest fuels.

Use this CSIRO link to read the Pyropage bulletin online. 

Forest Fire Danger Index

Reconstructing seasonal fire danger in southeastern Australia using tree rings (Journal article)

International Journal of Wildland Fire, published online early : May 2022

We use a tree-ring network from southeastern Australia to reconstruct the number of high fire-danger days in January–March, as reflected in the Forest Fire Danger Index (FFDI). Highest quality reconstructions in southwestern Tasmania indicate that the recent persistent increase in seasonal fire danger is unmatched over the past 430 years.

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Mitigation and Hazard Reduction

Incentives and Barriers to Homeowners’ Uptake of FireSmart® Canada’s Recommended Wildfire Mitigation Activities in the City of Fort McMurray, Alberta (Journal article)

Fire Journal, Vol 5, June 2022

This paper presents the results of a survey that was undertaken to examine homeowners’ FireSmart mitigation practices and investigate existing incentives and barriers to uptake of FireSmart Canada’s recommended wildfire mitigation activities in the Urban Service Area of Fort McMurray Alberta. Although about half of the participants searched for information about FireSmart, having information or knowledge of FireSmart did not translate into substantial adoption of recommended mitigation actions. Survey participants generally preferred and implemented more of the low-cost, low effort mitigation measures such as cutting grasses and cleaning debris, likely for reasons other than wildfire risk reduction.

Use this MDPI link to download the article..

Emergency Management

The Australian flood crisis (Journal article)

Crisis Response Journal, Vol 17 Issue 2, 2022

Christine Jessup says people in Australia still need to be convinced about rethinking how to improve resilience to today’s threats

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When the dust settles : stories of love, loss and hope from an expert in disaster (Book)

Lucy Easthope, 2022

Lucy Easthope lives with disaster every day. When a plane crashes, a bomb explodes, a city floods or a pandemic begins, she's the one they call. She is a world-leading authority on recovering from disaster. She has been at the centre of the most seismic events of the last few decades, advising on everything from the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami to the 7/7 bombings, the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand, the Grenfell fire and the Covid-19 pandemic. In every catastrophe, Lucy is there to pick up the pieces and prepare for the next one. She holds governments to account, helps communities rally together, returns personal possessions to families, and holds the hands of the survivors. This is her memoir.

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Leadership and Management

As the World Shifts, So Should Leaders. (Magazine article)

Harvard Business Review, Jul/Aug 2022

Two decades ago, extensive research led Nohria, the former dean of Harvard Business School, to conclude that the hallmark of great leadership is the ability to adapt to the times. Today, he says, we’re in a period of significant change, thanks to global events, governmental responses, technological changes, and shifts in demographics, social mores, and labor relationships. Here he discusses those developments and the skills that CEOs will need to successfully steer through them.

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Risk : a user's guide (Book)

By Stanley A. McChrystal & Anna Butrico, 2021

Retired four-star general Stan McChrystal has lived a life associated with the deadly risks of combat; he has seen how individuals and organisations, too often and to great cost, fail to mitigate risk. Why? Because they focus on the probability of something happening instead of the interface by which it can be managed. McChrystal offers a new system of responding to risk, through ten dimensions of control we can adjust at any given time including: diversity, adaptability, communication, technology, and leadership.

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You shouldn't have joined : a memoir (Book)

By General Sir Peter Cosgrove, 2020

General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC (Mil) CVO MC (Retd) is one of Australia's most significant public figures. As a soldier he saw action in Vietnam, winning the Military Cross, and rose to the very top of his profession, becoming Chief of the Defence Force. Soon after his retirement from the Army, he was invited to take charge of the huge relief and rebuilding operation in Queensland after the devastation of Cyclone Larry. In 2014, Cosgrove became Australia's Governor-General. This is a true reflection of the man himself, filled with intelligence, forthrightness, compassion and a brilliant eye for a telling anecdote.

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Are you a strategic executive? (Magazine article)

TD : Talent Development, May 2022

There are four areas of executive fitness that contribute to successfully navigating your business: strategy, leadership, organisation, and communication. Being a senior executive requires you to lead, manage, and monitor many different elements of the business at the same time on a continual basis. The Strategic Executive System offers a framework to help you navigate the business and enhance your executive performance.

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Who Should Run Your Mentoring Program? 8 things to look for in a mentoring champion (Journal article)

Leadership Excellence, May 2022

Whether your program champion is an external hire or is recruited from within the organisation, they should have business experience and credentials. Therefore, your champion must be someone who has the full, unwavering support of these people, and who can convince them that a mentoring program is aligned with your organization's business objectives and strategic goals. A champion should have a siverse network.

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Designing work that people (Magazine article)

Harvard Business Review, Jul/Aug 2022

For many of us, uncertainty can be nerve-racking. That reaction, however, obscures a crucial fact: Uncertainty and possibility are two sides of the same coin. Chances are, your biggest achievements and transformational moments all came after a period of uncertainty—one that probably felt stressful but that you pushed through to accomplish something great.

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The standard for project management and a guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK guide) (Book)

By US Project Management Institute, 2021

Over the past few years, emerging technology, new approaches, and rapid market changes disrupted our ways of working, driving the project management profession to evolve. Each industry, organisation and project face unique challenges, and team members must adapt their approaches to successfully manage projects and deliver results. This new edition takes a deeper look into the fundamental concepts and constructs of the profession, presenting 12 principles of project management and eight project performance domains that are critical for effectively delivering project outcomes.

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Crisis leadership: A female perspective (Journal article)

Crisis Response Journal, Vol 17 Issue 2, 2022

Danyetta Fleming Magana and Javeria Ayaz Malik reflect upon the role of women in crisis leadership.

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When your life depends on it (Journal article)

Crisis Response Journal, Vol 17 Issue 2, 2022

The discovery of Ernest Shackleton’s ship has sparked great interest. Brad Borkan lists the lessons that can be learned from this explorer.

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Want to read more on Shackleton, the library also has the audiobooks Leading at the edge : leadership lessons from the extraordinary saga of Shackleton's Antarctic expedition and An empire of ice plus the book Shackleton's way : leadership lessons from the great Antarctic explorer 

Volunteer Management

Volunteers and volunteering during the COVID-era in Australia (Report)

ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, May 2022

The authors show lower rates of volunteering than prior to the pandemic, albeit with some increases since April 2021. There is some evidence that this decline in volunteering has led to a reduction in wellbeing, with those who say they stopped volunteering due to COVID-19 but who had not started again by April 2022 having far lower levels of wellbeing. . Females were more likely to volunteer and older Australians (those aged 55 years and over) were more likely to have volunteered than younger Australians. Those born overseas in a non-English speaking country are less likely to volunteer than those born in Australia.

Use this ANU link to read the report online.

Emergency volunteering 2030: Views from emergency response volunteer representatives (Report)

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, May 2022

Formal emergency response volunteering is a crucial and central component of the volunteering that supports communities before, during and after emergency events. The 250,000 odd emergency response volunteers form the bulk of the emergency response workforce in Australia. This report by Dr Blythe McLennan presents results from a qualitative survey completed by 72 representatives of emergency response volunteer groups and networks in Australia in 2018 and 2019. The purpose of the survey was to explore volunteer representatives’ views about changes in volunteering that have occurred in the past, key volunteering issues today, what a preferred future for emergency response volunteering looks like, and what needs to happen to move towards that future.

Use this BNHCRC link to read the report online.

Health and Fitness

Exposure to wildfires increases risk of cancer (ScienceDaily news article)

McGill University, May 2022

A new study from McGill University finds higher incidence of lung cancer and brain tumors in people exposed to wildfires. The study, which tracks over two million Canadians over a period of 20 years, is the first to examine how proximity to forest fires may influence cancer risk.

Use this ScienceDaily link to read the article online. The related full-text journal article in The Lancet can be read here.

The History and Evolution of Burn Treatment (YouTube video)

National Fire Protection Association, May 2022

In this episode of Learn Something New by NFPA Journal, they examine the history and evolution of burn treatment, from smearing alcohol, mud, and faeces on burns to cutting-edge skin graft surgeries and antibiotic infusions..

Use this YouTube link to watch the video (5 mins)

Professional Safety

IMPROVING SAFETY PERFORMANCE: A Conceptual Toolbox for OSH Professionals (Journal article)

Professional Safety, May 2022

The article discusses a conceptual toolbox for improving safety of occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals in 2022. Topics covered include safety performance reducing issues that often go unnoticed, and theoretical tools that increase understanding of such organisational issues. Also noted are issues like disregarding causal relationships, non-alignment of safety initiatives with workplace hazards, and unspoken/mixed messages to the workforce.

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How smart workers use situational awareness to improve safety

Richard B. Gasaway, 2019

Many workers know, intuitively, strong situational awareness is essential to good decision making. But only the smartest workers know how to develop and maintain their situational awareness while working in high-risk, high-consequence environments. In this book, Dr. Richard G. Gasaway – author, global speaker, neuroscience researcher, and thirty-three-year first responder – shares tips, tricks, hacks and best practices to ensure your situational awareness is strong and your high-risk decision making outcomes are improved.

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The future of safety & the new view refraction (Journal article)

Professional Safety, June 2022

The article focuses on several new views of safety that have emerged in recent years reflecting the desire to ensure that safety practice is fit for the modern workplace. Topics include considered that these different views can create as much confusion as they do progress and an entirely new paradigm to consider safety practice is offered in a similar manner to how other scientific disciplines have evolved.

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Mental Health

2022 Mind The Workplace Report : An Employer’s Responsibility to Employee Mental Health (US Report)

Mental Health America, April 2022

Data in the report comes from the US Work Health Survey, which measured the perceptions of 11,300 employees across 17 industries in the United States between October 30, 2020 – August 31, 2021. The findings reflect that positive workplace mental health requires investment (i.e., time, intention, and action) from all levels of an organisation, including executive leadership, management, and employees.

Use this Mental Health America link to read the article online.

Phosphorescence : a memoir of finding joy when your world goes dark (Book)

Juila Baird, 2020

After surviving a difficult heartbreak and battle with cancer, Julia Baird began to explore how she and others persevere through the most challenging circumstances life throws at us. She asks: when our world goes dark, when we are overwhelmed by illness or heartbreak, loss or pain, tragedy outside our control, how do we survive, stay alive and even bloom? She went in search of "the magic that will sustain us and fuel the light within - our own phosphorescence". Baird writes about the things that lit her way through the darkness: a connection to nature, friendships, her faith, experiencing awe, and other habits that changed her life. She also goes in search of how others nurture their inner light, interviewing the founder of the modern forest therapy movement in Tokyo, a jellyfish scientist in Tasmania, and a tattooed priest from Colorado, among others.

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Books in our Mental Health and You collection can be found listed here


Atomic habits : tiny changes, remarkable results : an easy & proven way to build good habits & break bad ones (Book)

James Clear, 2018

Clear, an leading expert on habit formation reveals practical strategies to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

Contact the library to request a loan of the book. This book is also available as an audiobook.

Caught in the act : a memoir (Book)

By Shane Jenek aka Courtney Act, 2021

An intensely personal account of Jenek's experience growing into a proud, passionate, politically active, genderfluid, queer Australian icon all while the world watches on. Boy, girl, artist, advocate. Told with Courtney's trademark candour and wit, Caught in the Act is about our journey towards understanding gender, sexuality and identity. It's an often hilarious and at times heartbreaking memoir from a beloved drag and entertainment icon. Most of all, it's a bloody good time.

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The dreaming path : indigenous thinking to change your life (Book)

Paul Callaghan with Uncle Paul Gordon, 2022

"Tired of going around in circles? The Dreaming Path has always been there, but in the modern-day world, it can be hard to find. There are so many demands on us -- family, health, bills, a mortgage, a career -- that it can be hard to remember what's most important: you. It's time to reconnect with your story. Through conversations, exercises, Dreamtime stories and key messages, Paul Callaghan and Uncle Paul Gordon will sit you around the fire and share knowledge that reveals the power of Aboriginal spirituality as a profound source of contentment and wellbeing for anyone willing to listen. This ancient wisdom is just as relevant today as it ever was.

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Meteorology and Climate Change

Are extreme rainfall events increasing in frequency? : Case study of the 2022 floods in eastern Australia (Report)

Institute of Public Affairs, May 2022

Torrential rains along the east coast of Australia during February and March 2022 have been blamed on climate change. Specifically, a narrative has developed suggesting that rainfall is becoming more extreme. However, analysis of the 20 longest rainfall records in the 2022 flood zone does not support this claim. There has been no overall increase in the intensity or frequency of extremely wet days. The wettest year, measured as the year with the highest number of 99th percentile rainfall days since 1900, is 1974.

Use this IPA link to read the report online.

Uninsurable nation: Australia's most climate-vulnerable places(Report)

Climate Council of Australia, May 2022

This report outlines the top 20 most at-risk federal electorates to climate change-related extreme weather events, providing a brief profile of the top 10. The report also outlines the most at risk electorates for each state and territory.

Use this Climate Council link to read the report online.

Responsibility and risk-sharing in climate adaptation: A case study of bushfire risk in Australia (Journal article)

Climate Law, April 2022

'Shared responsibility' for managing risk is central to Australian adaptation and disaster-resilience policies, yet there is no consensus on what this term means or how it is discharged by various actors at each phase of the risk-management process. This article explores how law assigns responsibility for climate adaptation by examining its approach to a specific climate impact in Australia: the increasing frequency and severity of bushfire.

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State of the Global Climate 2021 (Report)

World Meteorological Organization, May 2022

In order to unpack such complexity, the WMO State of the Global Climate uses seven Climate Indicators to describe the changing climate—providing a broad view of the climate at a global scale. They are used to monitor the domains most relevant to climate change, including the composition of the atmosphere, the energy changes that arise from the accumulation of greenhouse gases and other factors, as well as the responses of land, oceans and ice.

Use this WMO link to read the report online.

Fire Investigation

Fire investigations for first responders (Book)

By Russell Chandler, 2021

This innovative new textbook from an experienced author who has served as a public safety official, fire marshal, instructor, and both a career and volunteer fire fighter, presents a concise and comprehensive look at the full spectrum of fire investigation for first responders. This textbook also includes case studies written by a subject matter expert with deep expertise in fire investigations and prevention.

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Buildings and Bushfires

An analysis of factors influencing structure loss resulting from the 2018 Camp Fire (Journal article)

International Journal of Wildland Fire, published online early : May 2022

This study analysed loss data from the 2018 Camp fire and found numerous building characteristics that were important determinants of structural survival, including double paned windows, enclosed eaves, ignition-resistant roofs/siding, age of structure, lack of vents, improvement value, and decks. Defensible space had only weak associations with structure loss in this data set. Mobile homes were far more likely to be destroyed.

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Fire Mapping and Remote Sensing

Burnt-Net: Wildfire burned area mapping with single post-fire Sentinel-2 data and deep learning morphological neural network (Journal article)

Ecological Indicators, July 2022

Accurate and timely mapping of wildfire burned areas is crucial for post-fire management, planning, and next subsequent actions. The monitoring and mapping of the burned area by traditional and common methods are time-consuming and challenging while is vital to propose an advanced burned area detection framework for achieving reliable results. To this end, this study proposed a novel End-to-End framework based on deep learning and post-fire Sentinel-2 imagery. The proposed framework known as Burnt-Net combines quadratic morphological operators and standard convolution layers.

Use this Science Direct link to read the article online.

Comparing geostationary and polar-orbiting satellite sensor estimates of Fire Radiative Power (FRP) during the Black Summer Fires (2019–2020) in south-eastern Australia (Journal article)

International Journal of Wildland Fire, published online early : May 2022

The authors explore the utility of next-generation satellite observations of fire intensity during the Black Summer Fires. They found that these new datasets capture similar patterns to the previous generation earth-observation data but offer greater temporal detail. These results are significant as they open new opportunities for active fire monitoring.

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Scientists use AI to update data vegetation maps for improved wildfire forecasts (ScienceDaily news article)

National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, May 2022

A new technique developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) uses artificial intelligence to efficiently update the vegetation maps that are relied on by wildfire computer models to accurately predict fire behaviour and spread.

Use this ScienceDaily link to read the article online.

Active fire detection using the Himawari-8 satellite - final project report (Report)

BNHCRC, May 2022

Satellite sensors are an important source of observations of fire activity (or hotspots). Next generation geostationary satellites (Himawari-8, GeoKompsat 2A, GOES-16/17) provide earth observations very frequently (~every 10-minutes). This near-real time data provides opportunities for new and improved fire detection algorithms. Early fire detection algorithms that take advantage of such high frequency observations, and that are primed for Australian landscapes, are developed under this project..

Use this BNHCRC link to read the article online.

Aviation and Drones

Air Attack- issue 21 is now online

Air Attack is the world leading publication covering the world of aerial fire fighting - fixed wing, rotary wing and UAS around the globe. This issue looks at Australia's management and dispatch of aerial firefighting assets, aerial firefighting in high threat operational environments and unmanned aircraft potential in countering wildfires.

Use this KiaKaha Media link to read the latest issue online.

WILD HOPPER: A heavy-duty UAV for day and night firefighting operations (Journal article)

Heliyon, June 2022

The usage of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is considered for operating alongside existing aircraft and helicopters through extinguishing forest fires. Scientific researches in this regard have shown the high effectiveness use of UAVs. Still, some defects and shortcomings appeared during practical experiments represented in the limited operating time and low payload. As UAVs are used for firefighting forest fires, they must be characterized by the heavy payload for the extinguishing fluids, long time for flight endurance during the mission, the ability to high maneuver, and work as a decision-making system. In this paper, a new UAV platform for forest firefighting is represented named WILD HOPPER.

Use this Science Direct link to read the article online.

Audiobooks - new additions

New titles added this month include Atomic Habits, Empire of Ice : Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science and Mallacoota Time.

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