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Bushfires, Human Health Economics, and Pyrogeography

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Bowman, DMJS and Johnston, F, Bushfires, Human Health Economics, and Pyrogeography, Geographical Research, 52, (3) pp. 340-343. ISSN 1745-5863 (2014) [Non Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1111/1745-5871.12065

Abstract

Bushfires (landscape fires) are a key Earth system process that affects humans and our societies and economies. In a recent article, we explored the coupling of humans to landscape fire through the lens of human health impacts of bushfire smoke. We noted that such an approach demands recognition of the indirect impacts and costs of bushfires that cannot be captured by simplistic proxies such as deaths directly attributable to a fire front. Evaluation of direct and indirect economic costs of bushfire disasters, and bushfire fire management remains a poorly developed research frontier that demands collaboration of expertise from a broad cross-section of fields that often have limited experience of collaborating together. The need for such synthetic thinking about fire's place on Earth has spawned the discipline of pyrogeography.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:bushfire smoke, health economics
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Environmental Health
Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
Author:Johnston, F (Associate Professor Fay Johnston)
ID Code:96958
Year Published:2014
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DE130100924)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2014-11-26
Last Modified:2014-11-30
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