The relative importance of air pollution from planned and unplanned bushfires vs. wood heaters, agricultural burning and other sources of air pollution will be determined. Our study will enable evidence-based bushfire smoke management, help formulate national air quality standards and shape policies regarding biomass smoke and bushfire management.
A team of ecologists and epidemiologists will rank the importance of air pollution on human health from planned and unplanned bushfires, wood heaters and agricultural burning relative to background air pollution. The study will be conducted in Perth, Sydney, Hobart and regional towns in WA, NSW and Tasmania. The team has a proven track record and a unique skill-set, having previously found a strong relationship between bushfire smoke, even below current air quality guidelines, and several respiratory diseases in Darwin.
View the Hobart Smoke Camera.
|UTAS Collaborators||Fay Johnston|
|External Collaborators / Partners||
Tasmanian Department of Health & Human Services
Tasmanian Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment
WA Department of Environment and Conservation
Tasmania Fire Service
NSW Department of Health
Department of Health, Western Australia
Geoff Morgan - University of Sydney
Owen Price - University of Wollongong
|Funding Source||ARC Linkage Grant|
Authorised by the Head of School, Biological Sciences
21 August, 2014