Australia Burning: Fire Ecology, Policy and Management Issues

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Geoffrey Cary, David Lindenmayer, Stephen Dovers
Csiro Publishing, Nov 27, 2003 - Science - 280 pages
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The phenomenon of fire in the Australian landscape traverses many interests and disciplines. At a national level, there is an urgent need for the integration of both the natural and social sciences in the formulation of public policy. With contributions from 30 leading experts, Australia Burning draws together these issues, under the themes: *Ecology and the environment *Fire behaviour and fire regime science *People and property *Policy, institutional arrangements and the legal framework *Indigenous land and fire management The book examines some of the key questions that relate to the ecology, prediction and management of fire, urban planning, law, insurance, and community issues, including indigenous and non-indigenous concerns. It looks at what we need to know to inform public policy, given the present risks and uncertainty, and explores the avenues for closer integration between science, policy and the community.
  

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Contents

a Darwinian perspective David Bowman
3
a set of postulates
15
Making the invisible visible J ami Williams
26
Fire and climate in Australia JanetteA Lindesay
32
research and
41
a discussion summary
51
Sensitivity of fire regimes to management
65
Fire behaviour forest management and biodiversity
82
fire at
187
Yanyuwa classical burning regimes Indigenous science
198
Using and sharing Indigenous knowledge Neil Burrows
205
Indigenous knowledge can it improve fire
211
Indigenous land management Jim Davis
219
a discussion
224
Synthesis
227
Observations on fire ecology Charles Krebs
229

The role of fuel moisture dynamics in determining
89
a discussion
97
a researchers perspective
103
towards an integrated
119
a discussion summary
133
Economic rationalism fear of litigation and the
150
Connectivity Robert J Wasson
166
Perspectives on fire research Michael Whelan
236
Lessons from the COAG disaster management review
239
Learning to live with fire Andrew Campbell
243
a discussion summary Compiled by
248
a synthesis Geoffrey Cary
252
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