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Fire ecology

Bowman, DMJS 2007 , 'Fire ecology' , Progress in Physical Geography, vol. 31, no. 5 , pp. 523-532 , doi:

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There is mounting concern that wildland fire severity and frequency will increase in response to global climate change. Resolving this issue demands high-resolution historical fire records that span time periods much longer
than the instrumental climate record. The application of dendrochronology to date past fire events, as evidenced by injuries on the trunks on long-lived trees, is therefore
of paramount importance to land managers, fire ecologists and global change biologists. This field of research was established in the 1980s but has recently blossomed in the western USA, in large part in response to the desire of fire managers to understand current fire activity and to ‘reimpose’ historical forest fire regimes. Here, I briefly summarize the findings of papers published since 2005 to highlight trends, and identify methodological
approaches and issues in this important aspect of fire ecology.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bowman, DMJS
Journal or Publication Title: Progress in Physical Geography
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISSN: 0309-1333
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