A collaboration between the RISER project, CFA, and ThinkSpatial has seen the first in a series of summer-long UAV flights to assist in research into grassland curing. Grassland curing is the annual process of drying in grasslands and is a critical component in the rate of spread and intensity of grassland fires. The UAV imaging flights are delivering imagery to researchers at CFA and CSIRO that will establish whether the platform can supplement established methods of assessing curing and perhaps initiate research into fuel weight in grasslands.
The first flights for the current fire season were undertaken at Moorooduc on Sunday, 23rd November. RISER workers Mark Garvey and Yu Liu were assisted at Moorooduc by long time CFA local, Nevyn Jones AFSM.