Spatial information for fire management

1.1 What is the purpose of this course?

This course is designed to outline the digital mapping tools and spatial information used for fire management activities in northern Australia. The use of spatial (map) information to map, monitor, assess and report is key to informing strategic fire management planning and response operations; to maximise long term environmental and economic benefits, and to minimise detrimental impacts. During the course you will learn about some basic concepts underpinning the use of map data for fire management planning as well as develop some practical skills to help operationalise your fire management plans.

Opportunities will be provided through the workshops to apply these concepts in order to embed their application in your own practice. This includes:

  • using map information throughout the fire mapping year,
  • the type of map information you might use,
  • accessing map information and interpreting it, and
  • creation and management of map information, and using it in the field.

This course is divided into two main sections. Section 1 will provide an overview of tools and data.  Section 2 will include some practical exercises in using web-based map information for planning and reporting, as well as some GPS-based exercises.

This material is being moved online to this page in 2020. Until then you can download the training material here: