Fire stick farming of hunter-gathers preceded the development of agriculture. Fire continues to be a major land management technique and contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. In the last two decades satellites have provided at regional and global scales unprecedented amounts of data on active fires and burnt areas. Most anthropomorphic in origin, some from lightening.
Dr Richard Smith will present data on the satellite monitoring of fire in the agricultural areas of southern Australia, the Tropical Savannas of northern Australia and the Tropical Rainforests of Indonesia. He will discuss their application to the abatement of greenhouse gas emissions.
BSc (Agric) London University, Dip. Agricultural Economics (Oxford), PhD (Agronomy) UWA.
Farm Management Consultant (Broomehill, WA), Senior Lecturer Agronomy (University of New England. NSW), Irrigation Research leader (CSIRO, Griffith, NSW), Research Associate Remote Sensing (NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre), Manager Satellite Remote Sensing Services, WA Government.
In retirement Rottnest Volunteer Guide and with the Floreat Uniting Church, Community and Economic Development of the Mowanjum Aboriginal Community, near Derby.
PS* This seminar is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.
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