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GTAQ Geoscience Activity

GTAQ Geoscience Activity

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Using the Geoscience Australia Sentinel bushfire mapper to evaluate bushfire risk.
Using the Geoscience Australia Sentinel bushfire mapper to evaluate bushfire risk.

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The following activity has been developed with those new to spatial technologies specifically in mind. You willonly need an internet-enabled computer and a browser (such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or GoogleChrome) to view the site and complete the activity. Your students could even work through the activity in pairsif getting into a computer room is difficult, and not being a business teacher this is probably the case!The site itself is the Geoscience Australia Sentinel Bushfire Mapper. This site was set up to enable landownersand those involved in the bushfire hazard to see a range of data in their local area that could help themunderstand and respond to a bushfire hazard with more accurate and relevant data at hand. Be sure to look atthe other free GIS websites from the Contour Education Links page (see Step 2).
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Open your web browser and go to the Geoscience Australia Bushfire Hazards page athttp://www.ga.gov.au/hazards/bushfire/.Here you will find a range of resources relating to the bushfire hazard. Read through the site (you may need tolook at the ‘Further Reading’ section) and answer the questions below.
Question 1:
List three differences between grass fires and bushfires.
 
 
 
Question 2:
What are the seven factors that contribute to the bushfire hazard? Explain each one with asentence or two about how it contributes to bushfires.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Question 3:
Where in Australia are bushfires most damaging? Why here? ______________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________Go to the Bureau of Meteorology’s (BoM) Bushfire Weather page (link from Geoscience Australia page orhttp://www.bom.gov.au/weather-services/bushfire/about-bushfire-weather.shtml) and answer the followingquestions using the resources on the page.
Question 4:
What time of the year is the bushfire season where you live? _______________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________
Question 5:
Explain the weather conditions that help to contribute to a severe bushfire event. Use theexamples from the Ash Wednesday fires to help. ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________
Question 6:
How can temperature inversions increase bushfire severity in the afternoon? _________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________
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Go to the Geoscience Australia Sentinel Site. Navigate tohttp://www.contoureducation.com/links.phpandlook for the Geoscience Australia Sentinel link. There are many other simple, online GIS sites that you cancheck out here as well if you finish your work early.Once you are into the site select the ‘Broadband’ link to the right of screen and then read and accept thedisclaimer agreement to enter the site. A map of Australia will appear.Note that you can add and remove a range of layers using the ‘Layers’ tab to the right of screen. You can alsosearch for a location using the ‘Find’ and ‘Find Results’ tabs here.

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