Fire on Earth: An Introduction

Andrew C. Scott, David M. J. S. Bowman, William J. Bond, Stephen J. Pyne, Martin E. Alexander

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Fire and the Earth: Interactions in the Biosphere and Atmosphere transcends individual subfields to bring together our current understanding of this significant topic. This book will go beyond a summary of existing data to provide a foundation for an interdisciplinary field of Fire Research. Divided into four parts, this book covers fire in earth history – including how lessons from the past can be applied to modern climate change – the ecology and biogeography of modern fires, the role of fire in human culture and the physical behavior of vegetation fires. Fire and the Earth: Interactions in the Biosphere and Atmosphere isunique in uniting a broad range of fire research in one comprehensive text and placing current research in the context of fire behavior and dynamics over earth’s history. This book will be indispensible to all researchers in fire science, particularly advanced students and graduates in fire management, fire behavior, fire ecology and related courses. It will also be valuable reading for researchers in plant science, geology, climatology, atmospheric sciences and those interested in global climate change. A comprehensive approach to the history, behaviour and ecological effects of fire on earth Timely introduction to this important subject, with relevance for global climate change, biodiversity loss and the evolution of human culture. Provides a foundation for the interdisciplinary field of Fire Research Authored by an international team of leading experts in the field Associated website provides additional resources
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationChichester
Number of pages413
ISBN (Print)9781119953579, 9781119953562
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


  • Fire
  • Pyrogeography
  • Ecology
  • Forestry

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