Climate Change, Land Use, and Ecosystem Dynamics

Mark A Cochrane

TROPICAL FIRE ECOLOGY Tropical ecosystems constitute about half of the planet’s fire- affected surface and are the location of the majority of all fires. Tropical Fire Ecology gives an extensive explanation of both the historic and current situations, describing the fire ecology of tropical ecosystems from around the globe.

Regional chapters address a set of common subjects, including the causes of fire, typical fire behavior, and elements of the fire regime. They also study the impacts of human land use, landscape fragmentation and climate change on the fire environment, and the challenges of fire management in these ecosystems.

The common set of topics provides consistency, enables comparisons and syntheses of fire effects in disparate tropical ecosystems, and facilitates a comprehensive understanding of fire’s place in tropical ecology.

Tropical Fire Ecology uniquely provides a global synthesis and overview of fire in tropical ecosystems, and fills a large void in our current understanding of how fire affects terrestrial biota.

Table of Contents

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1. Fire in the Tropics - Mark A. Cochrane
2. Fire and Fire Ecology - Concepts and Principles - Mark A. Cochrane and Kevin C. Ryan
  PART I Global Overview of Fire in the Tropics
3. Overview: Global Fire Regime Conditions, Threats, and Opportunities for Fire Management in the Tropics - Ayn Shlisky, Ane A.C. Alencar, María Manta Nolasco and Lisa M. Curran
  PART II Fire in the Australian Tropics
4. Fire Driven Land Cover Change in Australia and W.D. Jackson's Theory of the Fire Ecology of Southwest Tasmania - David M.J.S. Bowman and Sam W. Wood
5. Fires in Australia’s Tropical Savannas: Interactions with Biodiversity, Global Warming and Exotic Biota - A. Malcolm Gill, R.J. Williams and J.C.Z. Woinarski
6. Aboriginal Fire Use in Australian Tropical Savannas: Ecological Effects and Management Lessons - Tom Vigilante, Brett P. Murphy and David M.J.S. Bowman
  PART III Fire in the African Tropics
7. Fire Ecology and Fire Politics in Mali and Madagascar - Christian A. Kull and Paul Laris
8. Climate Change and Wildland Fires in Mozambique - Anja A. Hoffmann, Jo-Ellen Parry, Carla Cuambe, Dominick Kwesha and Washington Zhakata
  PART IV Fire in the Asian Tropics
9. Tropical Peatland Fires in Southeast Asia - Susan Page, Agata Hoscilo, Andreas Langner, Kevin Tansey, Florian Siegert, Suwido Limin, and Jack Rieley
10 Fire, ecology and management of Seasonal Evergreen Forests, Conservation and Mainland Southeast Asia - Laura A. Johnson and Philip Dearden
11. Fire Behavior and Fire Effects Across the Forest Landscape of Continental Southeast Asia -- Patrick J. Baker and Sarayudh Bunyavejchewin
12. Forest Fire Regimes and their Ecological Effects in Seasonally Dry Tropical Ecosystems in the Western Ghats, India - Narendran Kodandapani, Mark A. Cochrane and R. Sukumar
13. Fire and Land Use Effects on Biodiversity and Livelihoods in the Southern Sumatran Wetlands - Unna Chokkalingam, Iwan Kurniawan, Suyanto, Rizki Pandu Permana, Meilanie Buitenzorgy and Robiyanto Hendro Susanto
  PART V Fire in the South American Tropics
14. Fire, Land Use, Land Cover Dynamics and Climate Change in the Brazilian Amazon - Mark A. Cochrane
15. Fires in Cerrado, the Brazilian Savanna - Heloisa Sinátora Miranda, Margarete Naomi Sato, Walter Nascimento Neto and Felipe Salvo Aires
16. The Role of Fire in Vegetation Dynamics of Upland Savannas of the Venezuelan Guayana - Bibiana Bilbao, Alejandra Leal, Carlos Mendez and Maria Dolores Delgado-Cartay
17. Pattern and Process: Fire-initiated Grass Invasion at Amazon Transitional Forest Edges - Jennifer K. Balch, Daniel C. Nepstad, and Lisa M. Curran
  PART VI Fire in the Central American Tropics
18. Fire in Páramo Ecosystems of Central and South America - Sally P. Horn and Maarten Kappelle.  
  PART VII Pan-tropical Fire
19. The Consequences of Fire for the Fauna of Humid Tropical Forests - Jos Barlow and Juliana M. Silveira
20. Fire in Tropical Pine Ecosystems - Ronald L. Myers, Dante Arturo Rodríguez-Trejo
21. Changing Fire Regimes In Tropical Montane Cloud Forests: A Global Synthesis - Heidi Asbjornsen and Bart Wickel

Extent: 680 pages, 16-page colour section
Binding: Hardback
Publication Date: March 2009
ISBN: 978-3-540-77380-1

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