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Bushfires, Human Health Economics, and Pyrogeography


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


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:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Environmental epidemiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
UTAS Author:Johnston, F (Professor Fay Johnston)
ID Code:96958
Year Published:2014
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DE130100924)
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2014-11-26
Last Modified:2014-11-30

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