Managing bushfires: opportunities for technology to support decisions, from the fireground to the IMT and beyond
Dr Comac Purcell
EMSINA's 5 Capability Questions
Q1: What is the Project Scope / What is trying to be solved?
This project is a user-driven Concurrent Design Workshop for a future bushfire management system. The workshop took place in February 2021 with the goal of 1) recording current best practice on fighting bushfires, and 2) identifying the technological user needs that, if addressed, are most likely to have greatest impact.
Q2: What will be available to the EM community / decision makers at the end of your project?
A formal report is being prepared in consultation with the rural fire services in multiple states. This document follows on and meshes with the report from the Bushfire Data Quest 2020 (here), which applied artificial intelligence and Earth-observation data to firefighting challenge questions.
Q5: What input data / work do you need from jurisdictions?
The report will be released in mid-April, so we would like to use the EMSINA meeting to get feedback on our initial findings. We are seeking to capture the diversity of practices in fighting fires, and to build a consensus on key needs for the future.
Other information provided by the presenter.
This new report is part of a larger effort to build better tools for managing disasters, incorporating remote sensing data and making use of machine learning technology. In mid-2021we will be running two research challenges on bushfires in Australia as part of the Frontier Development Lab program (see
Question and Answers
The following are overflow questions that the presenter was unable to answer during the meeting.