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Bushfire History Data Project

The information represented on this page has been put together to openly communicate the 2021-23 Bushfire History Spatial Data Project. 

Project Overview

The Bushfire History Spatial Data Project is part of the Bushfire Data Challenges program, supported by the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), which is developing innovative digital infrastructure solutions with the aim of improving Australia’s bushfire resilience, response and recovery. The ARDC is funded by NCRIS.

Overarching Project Goal

Using the resources provided/available to the Project Team and Work Stream Partners we will deliver an "aggregated and harmonised burnt extent fire history data on a national scale" product.

 

Project Summary

The Project Statement (as submitted):

"Nationally Aggregated and harmonised burnt extent fire history data (Stream 1) will provide Nationally consistent fire history data for Australia.  Through collaboration between National, State and Territory agencies to produce a standardised state and national products.  Funding will support the collaboration and assistance to agencies for the supply of datasets that can be combined into National Fire Boundaries and History datasets.

The products will support National Emergency Management, National Fire Danger Ratings System and associated risk management tools, biodiversity management, carbon accounting, bushfire research and open data for the general public.  This project will full-fill a long-standing gap and demand for National Fire Boundaries and History datasets.

Using modern technology, web services, open data with the goal of meeting F.A.I.R data principles.  With improved satellite imagery data supply and cloud computing processing power, a satellite derived historical fire history for the nation can be created." Source: Bushfire Data Challenges Proposal Form, Page 3, 2021)

 

Project Work Packages and their Status

The work within Stream 1 is broken down into the following 5 work packages. Each Work Package has a 

Work Package 1

Lead: EMSINA National Group
Title: Bushfire Boundary Gap Analysis
Work Description: Click here
Delivery - Estimated Date:

  • Part A - Current Bushfire Incident Mapping and Feeds

    • July 2022

  • Part B - TBC

    • September 2022

Project Summary for External Stakeholders: 

  • July 2022

Last updated: June 2022

Work Package 2

Lead: AFAC / EMSINA
Title: 
Work Description: Click here
Delivery - Estimated Date:

Project Summary for External Stakeholders: 

  • July 2022

Last updated: June 2022

Work Package 3

Lead: EMSINA National Group
Title: 
Work Description: Click here
Delivery - Estimated Date:

  • Part A - 

  • Part B - 

Project Summary for External Stakeholders: 

  • July 2022

Last updated: June 2022

Work Package 4

Lead: Geoscience Australia
Title: 
Work Description: Click here
Delivery - Estimated Date:

Project Summary for External Stakeholders: 

  • July 2022

Last updated: June 2022

Work Package 5

Lead: Geoscience Australia
Title: 
Work Description: Click here
Delivery - Estimated Date:

Project Summary for External Stakeholders: 

  • July 2022

Last updated: June 2022

  • Phase 1: Stakeholder list, historical analysis, challenges

  • Phase 2: Governance agreement 

  • Phase 3: Specification for national product, operational scenarios, licencing

  • Burnt area mapping approach report

  • Routine, automated, satellite-based burnt area assessment

  • WMS + WFS (vector) + Raster (image) classification

  • Landsat 8 + Landsat 9 adaptation (September 2021 launch) + Sentinel 2a + 2b support

  • Open-source software enabling input by third parties / access for researchers

  • Onboard and manage a BA, build work packages, prioritise work packages, States build uplift capability

  • All States meeting a minimal viable product to maintain sustainable National aggregated datasets.

  • All States data supply and process rated against the agreed standards and framework.  With an understanding that it will always be a sliding scale dependent upon State resourcing and priorities.  The change in rating before and after the capability uplift being a performance measure for the project.

  • Assistance provided to States to meet F.A.I.R data guidelines, in the form of webinars and fact sheets.

  • ETL tools and code

  • Aggregated cross border data, 

  • Web services/APIs from each state providing harmonised data

  • Dashboard on continuity of the service and the up-time of each service.

  • Data sets meet F.A.I.R data guidelines, and implement stakeholder engagement with users.

 

Out-of-Scope

  • The Project Team are very aware of the potential for scope creep and project distractions.  Therefore, to avoid any confusion on what this Project will work on the Project Team have identified the following as out-of-scope:

    • Bushfire Severity​ (Data and Modelling)

    • Bushfire Behavior (Data and Modelling)

    • Fuel Loads (Data and Modelling)

    • Bushfire Modelling (all)

    • Bushfire Impact (Data and Modelling)

  • This list will be updated as more Project Distractions are identified.​

 

Project Changes/Additions

From July 2021 to June 2022 the Project Team did not receive any project changes or alteration requests. The Project is now well into the development phase so any requests for items other that what is in the Project Document will not be considered by the Team.

 

Please contact ARDC if you need to discuss an alteration or change.     

 

Project Team

Project Administration

Lead Contact

Manager

Bus. Analyst

Work Packages Leads

Work Package
1-3

Work Package
4

Lead

TBC

tbc

Work Package
5

Lead

Simon Oliver

simon.oliver@ga.gov.au

Steering Committee

Member

Kane Orr

kane.orr@ga.gov.au

Member

Mike Wouters

mike.wouters@sa.gov.au

Member

Naomi Withers

naomi.withers@delwp.vic.gov.au

Member

Simon Oliver

simon.oliver@ga.gov.au

 

Project Documentation

Project documentation will begin appearing here soon