Modelling fire dynamics in the West MacDonnell Range area

Modelling fire dynamics in the West MacDonnell Range area Report

DKCRC Working Paper

  • Author(s): King, K, Marsden-Smedley, JB, Cary, G, Allan, GE, Bradstock, R, Gill, M
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Desert Knowledge CRC
  • Volume: 20

Abstract: This sub-project was concerned with implementing the FIRESCAPE landscape fire regime and vegetation dynamics model (Cary 2002; Cary et al. 2006; King et al. 2006) in the West MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. The study area is 4.1 million hectares, and is located about 40 km west of Alice Springs. It includes parts of Napperby, Aileron and Henbury pastoral stations, the West MacDonnell Range (west of about Standley Chasm), Finke Gorge National Park and the south-eastern half of Watarrka National Park. This study area contains a diversity of vegetation communities, each experiencing different historic fire regimes and having different requirements for fire. This, together with the diversity of land tenures and hence management objectives makes a fire regime model of this region a valuable research tool for investigating fire regime drivers, fire and land management outcomes, and the potential impacts of climate change and invasion by exotic weed species. The development of FIRESCAPE for this study region involved collating background input GIS data layers (elevation, slope, vegetation, fire history and land tenure) and algorithms pertaining to weather, vegetation and fire history and behaviour.

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King, K, Marsden-Smedley, JB, Cary, G, Allan, GE, Bradstock, R, Gill, M, 2008, Modelling fire dynamics in the West MacDonnell Range area, Volume:20, Report, viewed 02 December 2023, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4742.

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