By Dr Chantal Lanctôt, and guest authors Dr Clare Morrison and Dr Laura Grogan,

Read Time: 2 minutes, about 211 words.

The Situation:

As the frequency and severity of bushfires increase due to climate change, Australian biodiversity is facing significant threats. A range of strategies and policies are in place to manage the damage of fires on species and ecosystems, including the use of firefighting chemicals. An increase in fire frequency and severity associated with predicted future climate change will ultimately lead to increased use of these chemicals in the natural environment. To date, however, little is known about the impacts of firefighting chemicals on Australian species and ecosystems.

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Firefighting chemicals being deployed on a forest fire. Photo: Pixabay.

Our Survey and Research:

Our survey (link below) will collect expert opinion on the impacts of firefighting chemicals on species and ecosystems and identify key knowledge gaps and research priorities in relation to firefighting chemical use in Australia.

This work is being conducted by Dr Chantal Lanctôt, Dr Clare Morrison and Dr Laura Grogan from the School of Environment and Science, Griffith University as part of a larger study into the impacts of firefighting chemicals on Australian fauna.

If you’d like to participate, please fill in the survey below.

Survey Link:

Survey Information:

The anonymous online survey includes close-ended (Likert-scale) and open-ended questions and it is anticipated that the survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Participation in this study is completely voluntary. However, you will not be able to withdraw from the study once you have submitted the answers to the questionnaire. Given the anonymous nature of the data, it will not be possible to identify individual responses to remove them. 
The information obtained from the survey will be dealt with in a secure manner and your responses will remain anonymous. All research data (responses and analysis) will be retained in a password protected electronic file at Griffith University for five years before being destroyed. 
Griffith University conducts research in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. If you have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the research project please contact the Manager, Research Ethics on 3735 4375 or The Griffith University Ethics reference number for this project is GU ref no: 2020/982. 

Forest fire at night. Photo: iStock.

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