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Pyrogeographic models, feedbacks and the future of global fire regimes


Bowman, DMJS and Murphy, BP and Williamson, GJ and Cochrane, MA, Pyrogeographic models, feedbacks and the future of global fire regimes, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23, (7) pp. 821-824. ISSN 1466-822X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1111/geb.12180


Conceptual and phenomenological macroecological models of current global fire activity have demonstrated the overwhelming control exerted by primary productivity. Fire activity is very high in savanna regions with intermediate primary productivity, and very low in both densely forested regions with high productivity and arid/cold regions with low productivity. However, predicting future global fire activity using such macroecological models of fire's global ‘niche’ may not be possible because of the feedbacks between fire, climate and vegetation that underpin the fire−productivity relationship. Improving forecasts of global fire activity demands the use of dynamic models to determine how climate, CO2, vegetation (i.e. canopy closure and plant functional types) and primary productivity constrain fire and evaluation of the strength of feedbacks amongst these variables.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, feedbacks, fire regimes, pyrogeography, vegetation, wildfire
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Ecological applications
Research Field:Landscape ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Natural hazards
Objective Field:Natural hazards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
UTAS Author:Williamson, GJ (Dr Grant Williamson)
ID Code:98737
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:40
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2015-02-27
Last Modified:2017-11-15

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