Australia-A model system for the development of pyrogeography

David Bowman, Brett Murphy

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We define pyrogeography as an integrative, multidisciplinary perspective of landscape fire, its ecological effects, and its relationships with human societies. Like biogeography, this program spans geographic scales from the local to the global, has an evolutionary frame, and thus a geological dimension. And, like other geographic disciplines, pyro-geography has a clear commitment to understanding the interrelationships between cul-tures and their environment. We illustrate our approach by considering the pyrogeogra-phy of Australia. We demonstrate how a long history of fire has had a pervasive influence on the continent’s biota. While Aborigines coexisted with flammable landscapes for mil-lennia, contemporary Australian society is still learning to live in a land of fire.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-12
Number of pages8
JournalFire Ecology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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