The Human Dimension of Fire Regimes

panoramic photo of a wildfire glowing brightly in the night sky behind a country club and golf course in CanadaInheritors of a fire-prone planet Earth, humans have developed a complex and diverse relationship with fire throughout history. Better understanding of the role of humans in altering Earth's past, present and future fire regimes can help to clarify the respective influence of humans and natural dynamics.

The human dimension of fire regimes on Earth
D.M.J.S. Bowman, J. Balch, P. Artaxo, W.J. Bond, M.A. Cochrane, C.M. D’Antonio, R. DeFries, F.H. Johnston, J.E. Keeley, M.A. Krawchuk, C.A. Kull, M. Mack, M.A. Moritz, S. Pyne, C.I. Roos, A.C. Scott, N.S. Sodhi, T.W. Swetnam
Journal of Biogeography (online 14 Sept 2011)

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A sample of the media coverage of this study:
ClimateWire: New framework to help managers assess the role of fire in communities
Scientific American: New research details wise and foolish fire activities throughout human evolution
Science Daily: Our future will be shaped by fire
Fire Engineering: Researchers analyze the evolving human relationship with fire
Climate Spectator (Australia): Playing with fire

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Posted on September 14, 2011