We develop new methods to monitor, quantify and forecast water resources, natural hazards such as drought and bushfires, and landscape function and health. Our research involves earth observation, biophysical modelling and field research.
Marta Yebra wins Max Day Award from Academy of Science
Dr Marta Yebra received a boost from the Australian Academy of Science with funding for her project to enable bushfire risk to be mapped from space. She was one of two early-career researchers to be awarded the Academy’s Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship Award. The Max Day Award provides up to $20,000 to support early-career researchers working on the conservation of Australia’s flora and fauna, ecologically sustainable use of resources, protection of the environment and ecosystem services. Marta will use her Max Day Award funding to conduct experiments at the National Arboretum Canberra to determine the moisture content of Australia’s native forests. Australia’s forests are among the most fire-prone in the world and satellite monitoring could greatly help to predict and mitigate bushfires before they occur. This space-based monitoring will be one step closer thanks to upcoming research from Dr Marta Yebra of the Australian National University. Tree moisture content is particularly important to predicting bushfires on a large scale as it affects the likelihood of ignition occurring, as well as the severity and spread of the fire. This real-world data will be incorporated into new models that can be used to predict bushfires. “I feel honoured and excited on receiving this award which signifies the importance that Australia places on the bushfire research I do,” said Marta.
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