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Impact of changes in lightning fire incidence on the values of the Tasmanian wilderness world heritage area


Kirkpatrick, JB and Styger, JK and Marsden-Smedley, JB, Impact of changes in lightning fire incidence on the values of the Tasmanian wilderness world heritage area, Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 152 pp. 27-32. ISSN 0080-4703 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has ecosystems and cultural landscapes that have been created and/or influenced by the interactions between the physical environment, the biological environment, fire regimes and people. Lightning is the dominant cause of fire in the 2010s, yet was rarely recorded as a cause of fire before 1980, when arsonists caused most fires. The main potential impact of this change in primary cause of fire incidence on the values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is the loss of ecosystems dominated by highly fire-sensitive palaeoendemics, organosols and Aboriginal cultural landscapes. At the same time as these values are threatened, a lack of burning threatens some fire-dependent vegetation types. We suggest an increase in planned burning of fire-tolerant and fire-requiring vegetation, maintenance of ignition suppression, an improvement in rapid response capability and an improvement in rapid detection of lightning fires is required in order to maintain many world heritage values.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, lightning fire, management, Tasmania, climate, vegetation
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
UTAS Author:Styger, JK (Ms Jennifer Styger)
UTAS Author:Marsden-Smedley, JB (Dr Jonathan Marsden-Smedley)
ID Code:130729
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2019-02-08
Last Modified:2019-06-12

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