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Rainforest flammabililty: Determining the conditions for fire ignition and spread within fire-sensitive vegetation

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Styger, J, Rainforest flammabililty: Determining the conditions for fire ignition and spread within fire-sensitive vegetation, School of Geography & Environmental Studies Conference Abstracts, 2010, 28 June 2010, Sandy Bay (2010) [Conference Extract]

Abstract

The ‘ecological drift’ model has been widely accepted as an explanation for the role of fire in patterning the vegetation of western Tasmania. Within this model rainforest is considered the climax vegetation, capable of regenerating in the absence of a major disturbance event, such as fire. Rainforest is considered to be a fire sensitive community, as many rainforest species are incapable of surviving a fire event. Although fire in rainforest is rare, large rainforest fires have occurred in the past. These events are likely to increase with future climate change. It therefore becomes important to understand the conditions under which fire will sustain and spread within rainforest as this will aid in protective measures, such as hazard-reduction burning, and the allocation of resources during a wildfire. My research will examine the relationships between rainforest microclimate and standard meteorological conditions as well as determining the flammability of various rainforest components. It is hoped that this information will assist in the development of a predictive index for fuel moisture within rainforest. This may be an improvement to the current Soil Dryness Index or an adaptation to other current predictive indices such as the Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index System.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:fire sensitivity, rainforest, ecological drift
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Environmental Management
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Author:Styger, J (Ms Jennifer Styger)
ID Code:65598
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2010-11-24
Last Modified:2010-11-24
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