Flammable Australia: The Fire Regimes and Biodiversity of a Continent

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Ross Andrew Bradstock, Jann Elizabeth Williams, A. M. Gill
Cambridge University Press, 2002 - Science - 462 pages
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Fire is pivotal to the functioning of ecosystems in Australia, affecting the distribution and abundance of the continent's unique and highly diverse range of plants and animals. Conservation of this natural biodiversity therefore requires a good understanding of scientific processes involved in the action of fire on the landscape. This book provides a synthesis of current knowledge in this area and its application in contemporary land management. Central to the discussion is an exploration of the concept of the fire regime - the cumulative pattern of fires and their individual characteristics (fire type, frequency, intensity and season) - and its interactions with biodiversity. Contributions by thirty-two leading experts cover a broad sweep of topics, including prehistory, future climate change, fire behaviour, modelling of temporal and spatial patterns, plant and animal life-cycles, case studies of major ecosystems, and management policies and systems.
  

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Contents

Fire properties and burn patterns in heterogeneous landscapes
49
models and realities
77
developing a process
94
its effects on recent and past
125
Fire regimes in the spinifex landscapes of Australia
145
The role of fire regimes in temperate lowland grasslands of
177
Fire regimes in Australian heathlands and their effects on plants
199
Fire regimes and biodiversity in semiarid mallee ecosystems
238
Fire regimes and their effects in Australian temperate woodlands
305
DCosta Monash University Clayton Victoria 3168 Australia
321
Fire regimes and fire management of rainforest communities
329
Fire regimes and biodiversity of forested landscapes of southern
351
managing
373
key approaches
401
legacy and vision
429
Taxonomic index
447

effects on functional
259
Fire regimes and biodiversity in the savannas of northern
281

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About the author (2002)

Ross A. Bradstock is Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.

Jann Williams is Senior Fellow in the Department of Geospatial Science at RMIT University. Her career to date has provided experience in both research and policy related to natural resource management. Her scientific interests include fire ecology and management, climate change impacts and environmental weeds, with a focus on tree-dominated systems. She is co-editor of Eucalypt Ecology (1997) and is currently President of the Ecological Society of Australia.

Malcolm Gill graduated with a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He currently serves as a minister in the Anglican Church and is also a visiting lecturer to Sydney Missionary Bible College, New South Wales, Australia.

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