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Forest fire management, climate change, and the risk of catastrophic carbon losses


Bowman, DMJS and Murphy, BP and Boer, MM and Bradstock, RA and Cary, GJ and Cochrane, MA and Fensham, RJ and Krawchuk, MA and Price, OF and Williams, RJ, Forest fire management, climate change, and the risk of catastrophic carbon losses, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 11, (2) pp. 66-68. ISSN 1540-9295 (2013) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1890/13.WB.005


Approaches to management of fireprone forests are undergoing rapid change, driven by recognition that technological attempts to subdue fire at large scales (fire suppression) are ecologically and economically unsustainable. However, our current framework for intervention excludes the full scope of the fire management problem within the broader context of fire−vegetation−climate interactions. Climate change may already be causing unprecedented fire activity, and even if current fires are within the historical range of variability, models predict that current fire management problems will be compounded by more frequent extreme fire-conducive weather conditions (eg Fried et al. 2004). Concern about climate change has also made the mitigation of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions and increased carbon (C) storage a priority for forest managers.

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Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:fire, forest, climate change, carbon, ecological dynamics
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
ID Code:89354
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:98
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2014-03-03
Last Modified:2014-06-06
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