World-first bushfire hazard detection system aiming to save lives, property and environment

13 Dec 2021
A portable meteorological observation platform, known as the UQ XPOL, making field observations. Image: Atmospheric Observations Research Group, UQ.

A world-first real-time bushfire hazard detection and warning system using artificial intelligence (AI) is under development thanks to a new partnership between The University of Queensland and, Google’s philanthropic arm.

Led by UQ’s Professor Hamish McGowan, from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the project plans to use AI to trace the movement of embers and deliver real-time nowcasts of extreme bushfire hazards.

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