How to prevent further fires in peatlands? To answer this question and to reduce the impacts of burning, our fire researchers are first asking ‘why’ and ‘how’ peat fires occur.
Our fire research seeks to understand the socio-economic and biophysical drivers of peatland and peat fires, and how these can be better managed to reduce unwanted fire and smoke haze and the associated greenhouse gas emissions. Our researchers have been examining the underlying causes, behaviour and movement of peatland and peat fires. Having a better understanding of both the biophysical as well as the social causes and drivers of peat fires will lead to the formulation and implementation of better methods to manage peatlands, and help to improve fire detection and early warning systems for preventing and controlling fire in peatlands.