RESEARCH: Science student Brett Parker.
RESEARCH: Science student Brett Parker.

Major recognition for fire study

FIRE management studies by two local university students have caught the attention of major environmental bodies.

Final-year USC science students Brett Parker, 28, of Sippy Downs, and Ross Waldron, 36, of Alexandra Headland, were recognised for their separate studies into the effects of fire mapping and management on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Parker received a highly commended and runner-up award from Australia's peak body for spatial scientists, the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Australia.

"My research used state-of-the-art remote-sensing techniques to map and study burnt land in the Currimundi Lake Conservation Park," he said.

"Remote sensing helps to provide an accurate geographical outline and profile of the burnt area, including the impact on inhabitants (animal and human)."

Mr Waldron was awarded a full scholarship valued at $2500 from the same consortium for his research on the effects of enforced fire regimes over 30 years.

He said research into fire management was critical for the Sunshine Coast.

"Much of the region's vegetation is highly reliant on fire," he said.

"If we can examine how fire management strategies contribute to or help to avoid losses of species as well as property, it could make a big difference to the overall impact fire has on the Sunshine Coast."


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