Testing the Resilience of Mine Site Rehabilitation

How do engineered landscapes respond to fire? This project aims to test established rehabilitation by applying fire and measuring the vegetation and land form response in the 2 years following the burn. 

Fire

The project is using high spatial and temporal spectral imagery captured by drone along with ground surveys to assess fire severity and recovery, and determine the long-term impacts on lease relinquishment for a number of sites in Queensland and New South Wales. Fires have been conducted at Curragh Mine, Glencore Newlands Mine (night burn photos) and Ensham Mine. 

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Fire

 

Project members

Associate Professor Peter Erskine

Associate Professor, Group Leader
SMI-CMLR

Phill McKenna

Senior Research Officer
SMI-CMLR
Vinod Nath

Vinod Nath

Research Assistant and Laboratory Technician
SMI-CWiMI & SMI-CMLR

Vanessa Glenn

Research Officer and Laboratory Manager
SMI-CMLR

Natasha Ufer

Research Officer
SMI-CMLR