Since the 1960s, native forest around Weipa in northern Australia has been cleared and burned for bauxite mining on an annual basis. Bauxite mining in this region is likely to continue for many more decades. A project of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s (USC) Tropical Forests & People Research Centre is looking into the environmental and social impacts of the mining practices.
The team of scientists from USC is now using a subscription to FLINTpro to estimate historical carbon emissions from forest clearing associated with the mining. On the mining sites, complex patterns of clearing, mine rehabilitation, and subsequent clearing of regrowth for further mining can be observed. FLINTpro allows the researchers, for the first time, to derive temporally and spatially explicit estimations of the related carbon emissions and sequestrations. The results from the FLINTpro runs will be incorporated into a peer reviewed publication.