Following the devastating Black Summer bushfires, the NSW Bushfire Hub scientists paused their current research and answered the call from the NSW Bushfire Inquiry to investigate the causes and impacts of the bushfires. Over a short four months we produced 19 reports examining the role of drought, weather, fuel management and ignitions on the fires and the social and environmental impacts. Our findings directly influenced many of the NSW Inquiry’s recommendations, setting the direction for fire management into the future.
The selection as finalists for the Eureka Applied Environmental Science prize is a recognition of our efforts and the role we played in understanding these horrific events. All 29 people who contributed to the reports feel very proud. See more at https://australian.museum/get-involved/eureka-prizes/2021-eureka-prizes-finalists/ or watch our short video