The Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research (DCBR) at Charles Darwin University
aims to extend fire management research and training opportunities,
to land managers in north Australia and its regional neighbours.
While doing so, we aim to maintain our core commitments to our current partners,
especially on indigenous and conservation lands.

The establishment of DCBR at CDU builds on 17 years of world-class, applied-science, fire research.  Much of the early research program was undertaken in the Northern Territory Government’s rural fire management agency, Bushfires NT, and aligned closely with that of the Tropical Savannas Cooperative Research Centre also based at CDU, but which ceased activities in 2009.

Our major contribution to applied fire management has been through the mapping of burnt areas, served to a wide user-base through the North Australia Fire Information (NAFI) web-based portal.

In recent years, much of the applied research program has focused on the development of the science behind the Savanna Burning methods for calculating greenhouse gas emissions reduction and carbon sequestration. Each of these major project areas has required detailed field sampling, analysis and methods development to result in publication in the internationally peer-reviewed scientific literature.