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Fresh Science

24 James Street

Williamstown, Victoria 3016

Australia

Company Description

Fresh Science is a national program that helps early-career researchers find and share their stories of discovery. Over 30 early-career researchers nominated for Fresh Science Victoria, which was held at Scienceworks (training), Melbourne Museum (schools ... more

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Research Scientist

CSIRO

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Beckman's Handcrafted

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Merchandise Mart Properties Inc

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Renea Myers Marketing

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PhD

University of Queensland

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Fresh Science

freshscience.org.au [cached]

Decreasing the frequency of wild fires in northern Australia would lead to an increase in the amount of carbon stored in the soil, significantly lowering greenhouse gas emissions, according to CSIRO ecologist, Dr Anna Richards.

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While fire is important for maintaining a healthy environment in northern Australia, Anna says, scientists have become concerned at the increase in frequency and intensity of wild fires over the past century. “About half the Top End is burnt each year and this is changing the environment as well as releasing large quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.â€
Until now, it was assumed that it was really only the amount of smoke that contributed to these emissions, but Anna has shown that things are much more complicated than that. There is an interaction with the soil as well.
“The frequency of fires affects the chemistry of the soil and the workings of the plant rootsâ€"hence the capacity of the soil to store carbon, “she says. “In general, the greater the frequency of fires, the more carbon is released from the soil, and vice versa.â€
Using measurements of soil carbon from long-term fire experiments conducted near Darwin and sophisticated computer modelling, Anna found that reducing fire frequency to one fire every four to six years is best for storing carbon. Her work was published recently in the international journal Ecosystems.
As part of the Tiwi Carbon Study with the Tiwi Land Council, Anna Richards works with Indigenous rangers to collect carbon dataâ€. She is pictured here with Tiwi Land Ranger Kim Brooks (photo: Barbara McKaige)
“Until now, scientists have known little about the impact of different fire management options on the amount of carbon stored in soil. These findings are significant for managing carbon in northern Australia, particularly for programs that use indigenous fire management practices to reduce fire frequency and severity,†she said.
Anna is conducting further research on the effects of fire on soil carbon as part of the Tiwi Carbon Study in the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin. The Tiwi Carbon Study is a partnership between CSIRO, the Tiwi Land Council, the Tiwi College and Tiwi Forests.
Anna Richards is one of 16 winners of Fresh Science, a national competition for early-career scientists who are unveiling their research to the public for the first time. Her training and challenges have included presenting her discoveries in verse at a Melbourne pub, and to schools in Melbourne and country Victoria.
For interviews, contact Anna Richards on Anna.Richards@csiro.au
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Fresh Scientist Anna Richards (photo: Mark Coulson)
Close up of soil surface covered in ash and charcoal following a savanna fire, with green re-sprouting shrubs in the background (photo: Anna Richards)
Dr Anna Richards, post-doctoral scientists studying the effect of fire on soil carbon storage, based at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences in Darwin (photo: Barbara McKaige)
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As part of the Tiwi Carbon Study with the Tiwi Land Council, Anna Richards works with Indigenous rangers to collect carbon dataâ€.


Fire, carbon capture and the NT

freshscience.org.au [cached]

Decreasing the frequency of wild fires in northern Australia would lead to an increase in the amount of carbon stored in the soil, significantly lowering greenhouse gas emissions, according to CSIRO ecologist, Dr Anna Richards.

...
While fire is important for maintaining a healthy environment in northern Australia, Anna says, scientists have become concerned at the increase in frequency and intensity of wild fires over the past century. "About half the Top End is burnt each year and this is changing the environment as well as releasing large quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere."
Until now, it was assumed that it was really only the amount of smoke that contributed to these emissions, but Anna has shown that things are much more complicated than that. There is an interaction with the soil as well.
"The frequency of fires affects the chemistry of the soil and the workings of the plant roots-hence the capacity of the soil to store carbon, "she says. "In general, the greater the frequency of fires, the more carbon is released from the soil, and vice versa."
Using measurements of soil carbon from long-term fire experiments conducted near Darwin and sophisticated computer modelling, Anna found that reducing fire frequency to one fire every four to six years is best for storing carbon. Her work was published recently in the international journal Ecosystems.
As part of the Tiwi Carbon Study with the Tiwi Land Council, Anna Richards works with Indigenous rangers to collect carbon data". She is pictured here with Tiwi Land Ranger Kim Brooks (photo: Barbara McKaige)
"Until now, scientists have known little about the impact of different fire management options on the amount of carbon stored in soil. These findings are significant for managing carbon in northern Australia, particularly for programs that use indigenous fire management practices to reduce fire frequency and severity," she said.
Anna is conducting further research on the effects of fire on soil carbon as part of the Tiwi Carbon Study in the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin. The Tiwi Carbon Study is a partnership between CSIRO, the Tiwi Land Council, the Tiwi College and Tiwi Forests.
Anna Richards is one of 16 winners of Fresh Science, a national competition for early-career scientists who are unveiling their research to the public for the first time. Her training and challenges have included presenting her discoveries in verse at a Melbourne pub, and to schools in Melbourne and country Victoria.
For interviews, contact Anna Richards on Anna.Richards@csiro.au
...
Fresh Scientist Anna Richards (photo: Mark Coulson)
Close up of soil surface covered in ash and charcoal following a savanna fire, with green re-sprouting shrubs in the background (photo: Anna Richards)
Dr Anna Richards, post-doctoral scientists studying the effect of fire on soil carbon storage, based at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences in Darwin (photo: Barbara McKaige)
...
As part of the Tiwi Carbon Study with the Tiwi Land Council, Anna Richards works with Indigenous rangers to collect carbon data".


Fire, carbon capture and the NT

freshscience.org.au [cached]

Decreasing the frequency of wild fires in northern Australia would lead to an increase in the amount of carbon stored in the soil, significantly lowering greenhouse gas emissions, according to CSIRO ecologist, Dr Anna Richards.

...
While fire is important for maintaining a healthy environment in northern Australia, Anna says, scientists have become concerned at the increase in frequency and intensity of wild fires over the past century. "About half the Top End is burnt each year and this is changing the environment as well as releasing large quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere."
Until now, it was assumed that it was really only the amount of smoke that contributed to these emissions, but Anna has shown that things are much more complicated than that. There is an interaction with the soil as well.
"The frequency of fires affects the chemistry of the soil and the workings of the plant roots-hence the capacity of the soil to store carbon, "she says. "In general, the greater the frequency of fires, the more carbon is released from the soil, and vice versa."
Using measurements of soil carbon from long-term fire experiments conducted near Darwin and sophisticated computer modelling, Anna found that reducing fire frequency to one fire every four to six years is best for storing carbon. Her work was published recently in the international journal Ecosystems.
As part of the Tiwi Carbon Study with the Tiwi Land Council, Anna Richards works with Indigenous rangers to collect carbon data". She is pictured here with Tiwi Land Ranger Kim Brooks (photo: Barbara McKaige)
"Until now, scientists have known little about the impact of different fire management options on the amount of carbon stored in soil. These findings are significant for managing carbon in northern Australia, particularly for programs that use indigenous fire management practices to reduce fire frequency and severity," she said.
Anna is conducting further research on the effects of fire on soil carbon as part of the Tiwi Carbon Study in the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin. The Tiwi Carbon Study is a partnership between CSIRO, the Tiwi Land Council, the Tiwi College and Tiwi Forests.
Anna Richards is one of 16 winners of Fresh Science, a national competition for early-career scientists who are unveiling their research to the public for the first time. Her training and challenges have included presenting her discoveries in verse at a Melbourne pub, and to schools in Melbourne and country Victoria.
For interviews, contact Anna Richards on Anna.Richards@csiro.au
...
Fresh Scientist Anna Richards (photo: Mark Coulson)
Close up of soil surface covered in ash and charcoal following a savanna fire, with green re-sprouting shrubs in the background (photo: Anna Richards)
Dr Anna Richards, post-doctoral scientists studying the effect of fire on soil carbon storage, based at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences in Darwin (photo: Barbara McKaige)
...
As part of the Tiwi Carbon Study with the Tiwi Land Council, Anna Richards works with Indigenous rangers to collect carbon data".


Fire, carbon capture and the NT

freshscience.org.au [cached]

Decreasing the frequency of wild fires in northern Australia would lead to an increase in the amount of carbon stored in the soil, significantly lowering greenhouse gas emissions, according to CSIRO ecologist, Dr Anna Richards.

...
While fire is important for maintaining a healthy environment in northern Australia, Anna says, scientists have become concerned at the increase in frequency and intensity of wild fires over the past century. "About half the Top End is burnt each year and this is changing the environment as well as releasing large quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere."
Until now, it was assumed that it was really only the amount of smoke that contributed to these emissions, but Anna has shown that things are much more complicated than that. There is an interaction with the soil as well.
"The frequency of fires affects the chemistry of the soil and the workings of the plant roots-hence the capacity of the soil to store carbon, "she says. "In general, the greater the frequency of fires, the more carbon is released from the soil, and vice versa."
Using measurements of soil carbon from long-term fire experiments conducted near Darwin and sophisticated computer modelling, Anna found that reducing fire frequency to one fire every four to six years is best for storing carbon. Her work was published recently in the international journal Ecosystems.
As part of the Tiwi Carbon Study with the Tiwi Land Council, Anna Richards works with Indigenous rangers to collect carbon data". She is pictured here with Tiwi Land Ranger Kim Brooks (photo: Barbara McKaige)
"Until now, scientists have known little about the impact of different fire management options on the amount of carbon stored in soil. These findings are significant for managing carbon in northern Australia, particularly for programs that use indigenous fire management practices to reduce fire frequency and severity," she said.
Anna is conducting further research on the effects of fire on soil carbon as part of the Tiwi Carbon Study in the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin. The Tiwi Carbon Study is a partnership between CSIRO, the Tiwi Land Council, the Tiwi College and Tiwi Forests.
Anna Richards is one of 16 winners of Fresh Science, a national competition for early-career scientists who are unveiling their research to the public for the first time. Her training and challenges have included presenting her discoveries in verse at a Melbourne pub, and to schools in Melbourne and country Victoria.
For interviews, contact Anna Richards on Anna.Richards@csiro.au
...
Fresh Scientist Anna Richards (photo: Mark Coulson)
Close up of soil surface covered in ash and charcoal following a savanna fire, with green re-sprouting shrubs in the background (photo: Anna Richards)
Dr Anna Richards, post-doctoral scientists studying the effect of fire on soil carbon storage, based at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences in Darwin (photo: Barbara McKaige)
...
As part of the Tiwi Carbon Study with the Tiwi Land Council, Anna Richards works with Indigenous rangers to collect carbon data".


Fire, carbon capture and the NT

freshscience.org.au [cached]

Decreasing the frequency of wild fires in northern Australia would lead to an increase in the amount of carbon stored in the soil, significantly lowering greenhouse gas emissions, according to CSIRO ecologist, Dr Anna Richards.

...
While fire is important for maintaining a healthy environment in northern Australia, Anna says, scientists have become concerned at the increase in frequency and intensity of wild fires over the past century. "About half the Top End is burnt each year and this is changing the environment as well as releasing large quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere."
Until now, it was assumed that it was really only the amount of smoke that contributed to these emissions, but Anna has shown that things are much more complicated than that. There is an interaction with the soil as well.
"The frequency of fires affects the chemistry of the soil and the workings of the plant roots-hence the capacity of the soil to store carbon, "she says. "In general, the greater the frequency of fires, the more carbon is released from the soil, and vice versa."
Using measurements of soil carbon from long-term fire experiments conducted near Darwin and sophisticated computer modelling, Anna found that reducing fire frequency to one fire every four to six years is best for storing carbon. Her work was published recently in the international journal Ecosystems.
As part of the Tiwi Carbon Study with the Tiwi Land Council, Anna Richards works with Indigenous rangers to collect carbon data". She is pictured here with Tiwi Land Ranger Kim Brooks (photo: Barbara McKaige)
"Until now, scientists have known little about the impact of different fire management options on the amount of carbon stored in soil. These findings are significant for managing carbon in northern Australia, particularly for programs that use indigenous fire management practices to reduce fire frequency and severity," she said.
Anna is conducting further research on the effects of fire on soil carbon as part of the Tiwi Carbon Study in the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin. The Tiwi Carbon Study is a partnership between CSIRO, the Tiwi Land Council, the Tiwi College and Tiwi Forests.
Anna Richards is one of 16 winners of Fresh Science, a national competition for early-career scientists who are unveiling their research to the public for the first time. Her training and challenges have included presenting her discoveries in verse at a Melbourne pub, and to schools in Melbourne and country Victoria.
For interviews, contact Anna Richards on Anna.Richards@csiro.au
...
Fresh Scientist Anna Richards (photo: Mark Coulson)
Close up of soil surface covered in ash and charcoal following a savanna fire, with green re-sprouting shrubs in the background (photo: Anna Richards)
Dr Anna Richards, post-doctoral scientists studying the effect of fire on soil carbon storage, based at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences in Darwin (photo: Barbara McKaige)
...
As part of the Tiwi Carbon Study with the Tiwi Land Council, Anna Richards works with Indigenous rangers to collect carbon data".

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