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Fire and Climatic Change in Temperate Ecosystems of the Western Americas

Author: Thomas T Veblen; William L Baker; Gloria Montenegro; Thomas W Swetnam
Publisher: New York : Springer, ©2003.
Series: Ecological Studies, Analysis and Synthesis, 160.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Both fire and climatic variability have monumental impacts on the dynamics of temperate ecosystems. These impacts can sometimes be extreme or devastating as seen in recent El Nino/La Nina cycles and in uncontrolled fire occurrences. This volume brings together research conducted in western North and South America, areas of a great deal of collaborative work on the influence of people and climate change on fire  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas T Veblen; William L Baker; Gloria Montenegro; Thomas W Swetnam
ISBN: 1280188545 9781280188541 9786610188543 6610188548 038721710X 9780387217109
OCLC Number: 1058821154
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (455 pages)
Contents: Methods and Models --
Fire History Reconstructions Based on Sediment Records from Lakes and Wetlands --
The Simulation of Landscape Fire, Climate, and Ecosystem Dynamics --
Simulation of Effects of Climatic Change on Fire Regimes --
North America --
Fire Regimes and Climatic Change in Canadian Forests --
Fires and Climate in Forested Landscapes of the U.S. Rocky Mountains --
Tree-Ring Reconstructions of Fire and Climate History in the Sierra Nevada and Southwestern United States --
Influence of Climate and Land Use on Historical Surface Fires in Pine-Oak Forests, Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico --
Impact of Past, Present, and Future Fire Regimes on North American Mediterranean Shrublands --
South America --
Fire History and Vegetation Changes in Northern Patagonia, Argentina --
Influences of Climate on Fire in Northern Patagonia, Argentina --
Fire Regimes and Forest Dynamics in the Lake Region of South-Central Chile --
Fire History in Central Chile: Tree-Ring Evidence and Modern Records --
Holocene Fire Frequency and Climate Change at Rio Rubens Bog, Southern Patagonia --
Regeneration Potential of Chilean Matorral After Fire: An Updated View --
Practical Implications --
Management Implications of Fire and Climate Changes in the Western Americas.
Series Title: Ecological Studies, Analysis and Synthesis, 160.
Responsibility: edited by Thomas T. Veblen, William L. Baker, Gloria Montenegro, Thomas W. Swetnam.

Abstract:

Both fire and climatic variability have monumental impacts on the dynamics of temperate ecosystems. These impacts can sometimes be extreme or devastating as seen in recent El Nino/La Nina cycles and in uncontrolled fire occurrences. This volume brings together research conducted in western North and South America, areas of a great deal of collaborative work on the influence of people and climate change on fire regimes. In order to give perspective to patterns of change over time, it emphasizes the integration of paleoecological studies with studies of modern ecosystems. Data from a range of spatial scales, from individual plants to communities and ecosystems to landscape and regional levels, are included. Contributions come from fire ecology, paleoecology, biogeography, paleoclimatology, landscape and ecosystem ecology, ecological modeling, forest management, plant community ecology and plant morphology. The book gives a synthetic overview of methods, data and simulation models for evaluating fire regime processes in forests, shrublands and woodlands and assembles case studies of fire, climate and land use histories. The unique approach of this book gives researchers the benefits of a north-south comparison as well as the integration of paleoecological histories, current ecosystem dynamics and modeling of future changes.

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