Wildfire and Groundwater

Posted 14 October 2020







 














The CWI team would like to congratulate Professor Andy Baker for his recent feature in the American Water Resources Association’s ‘Water Resources Impact’, September 2020 edition. Professor Baker is based in UNSW’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) and has made invaluable contributions to CWI’s research over the years.  

Professor Baker’s feature in ‘Water Resources Impact’ is titled ‘Wildfire and Groundwater’ and has been widely circulated among water resource practitioners in the United States and further abroad. In light of the recent catastrophic fires experienced in North America and the beginning of Australia’s own fire season, Professor Baker’s insights are particularly salient and worthy of further consideration. Professor Baker’s feature links to CWI’s expertise in fire in subsurface environments (funded by an ARC Linkage with partners NSW OEH, ANSTO, Optimal Karst Management and the University of Birmingham), and with Pauline Treble (ANSTO), the latest ARC Discovery project which uses this information to obtain records of past fires from cave stalagmites.  

The September 2020 edition of Water Resources Impact and Professor Baker’s feature contained within is accessible here 


Image: Underneath the fire: monitoring the impact of fire in cave percolation waters.

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