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What is the relevance of pyrogeography to the Anthropocene?


Bowman, DMJS, What is the relevance of pyrogeography to the Anthropocene?, The Anthropocene Review, 2, (1) pp. 73-76. ISSN 2053-0196 (2015) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/2053019614547742


A defining feature of both the Anthropocene concept and the new discipline of pyrogeography is combustion of carbon-rich fuels by humans. A key objective of pyrogeography is understanding to what degree landscape fires set by hominins has overwritten natural fires through geological time, and whether these changes had substantial ecological knock-on effects. This research is essential to precisely define the onset of the Anthropocene. Nonetheless, the commonly used imprecise definition that the Anthropocene commenced at 1780 is a useful organising principle for pyrogeography because it provides a framework to understand the synergistic effects of anthropogenic global environment changes in shaping global fire activity following the Industrial Revolution.

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Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:Earth system, environmental impacts, fire, geological time, hominins, humans, landscape burning, wildfire
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
ID Code:105846
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2016-01-15
Last Modified:2016-01-18

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