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Living on a flammable planet: interdisciplinary, cross-scalar and varied cultural lessons, prospects and challenges


Roos, CI and Scott, AC and Belcher, CM and Chaloner, WG and Aylen, J and Bird, RB and Coughlan, MR and Johnson, BR and Johnston, FH and McMorrow, J and Steelman, T, and the Fire and Mankind Discussion Group, Living on a flammable planet: interdisciplinary, cross-scalar and varied cultural lessons, prospects and challenges, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371, (1696) Article 20150469. ISSN 0962-8436 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1098/rstb.2015.0469


Living with fire is a challenge for human communities because they are influenced by socio-economic, political, ecological and climatic processes at various spatial and temporal scales. Over the course of 2 days, the authors discussed how communities could live with fire challenges at local, national and transnational scales. Exploiting our diverse, international and interdisciplinary expertise, we outline generalizable properties of fire-adaptive communities in varied settings where cultural knowledge of fire is rich and diverse. At the national scale, we discussed policy and management challenges for countries that have diminishing fire knowledge, but for whom global climate change will bring new fire problems. Finally, we assessed major fire challenges that transcend national political boundaries, including the health burden of smoke plumes and the climate consequences of wildfires. It is clear that to best address the broad range of fire problems, a holistic wildfire scholarship must develop common agreement in working terms and build across disciplines. We must also communicate our understanding of fire and its importance to the media, politicians and the general public.This article is part of the themed issue 'The interaction of fire and mankind'.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, fire management, fire-adaptive communities, smoke and health, wildfire
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Ecological applications
Research Field:Ecosystem function
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Johnston, FH (Professor Fay Johnston)
ID Code:109351
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2016-06-09
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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