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Australia - a model system for the development of pyrogeography


Bowman, DMJS and Murphy, BP, Australia - a model system for the development of pyrogeography, Fire Ecology, 7, (1) pp. 5-12. ISSN 1933-9747 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 The Association for Fire Ecology.

DOI: doi:10.4996/fireecology.0701005


We define pyrogeography as an integrative, multidisciplinary perspective of landscape fire, its ecological effects, and its relationships with human societies. Like biogeography, this program spans geographic scales from the local to the global, has an evolutionary frame, and thus a geological dimension. And, like other geographic disciplines, pyrogeography has a clear commitment to understanding the interrelationships between cultures and their environment. We illustrate our approach by considering the pyrogeography of Australia. We demonstrate how a long history of fire has had a pervasive influence on the continentís biota. While Aborigines coexisted with flammable landscapes for millennia, contemporary Australian society is still learning to live in a land of fire.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
UTAS Author:Murphy, BP (Dr Brett Murphy)
ID Code:69329
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2011-04-19
Last Modified:2017-08-23
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