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Understanding the health effects of landscape burning and biomass smoke in Australian towns and cities

Grant


Scheme


  • Linkage Projects

Abstract


  • Bushfires are increasingly affecting Australian towns and cities directly and indirectly from episodes of severe air pollution. An approach to manage bushfires is to reduce fuel loads by setting planned fires under stable weather conditions, yet this strategy is controversial because of community concerns about ecological sustainability and negative health impacts from smoke. 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

Date/time Interval


  • 2008

Sponsor Award Id


  • LP0882048

Local Award Id


  • 9927

Scheme


  • Linkage Projects

Abstract


  • Bushfires are increasingly affecting Australian towns and cities directly and indirectly from episodes of severe air pollution. An approach to manage bushfires is to reduce fuel loads by setting planned fires under stable weather conditions, yet this strategy is controversial because of community concerns about ecological sustainability and negative health impacts from smoke. 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

Date/time Interval


  • 2008

Sponsor Award Id


  • LP0882048

Local Award Id


  • 9927