Jeremy Russell-Smith

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Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods
Charles Darwin University
Ellengowan Drive
Casuarina, Northern Territory 0810, Australia

Publications in Fire Ecology

Australian Savanna Fire Regimes: Context, Scales, Patchiness
Pages: 48-63
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0301048

The development of continental-scale fire mapping using AVHRR since the early 1990s and, more recently, MODIS imagery, is transforming our understanding of Australian fire regimes—particularly the national significance of savanna burning. The savannas of northern Australia are the most fire-prone part of a fire-prone continent. The savanna region comprises 1,898,562 km2 (24.7% of the Australian landmass), of which 21% has been burnt on average each year, over the period 1997-2005.  [Read More]

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Ecological Implications of Fine-Scale Fire Patchiness and Severity in Tropical Savannas of Northern Australia
Pages: 10-31
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1101010

Understanding fine-scale fire patchiness has significant implications for ecological processes and biodiversity conservation.  It can affect local extinction of and recolonisation by relatively immobile fauna and poorly seed-dispersed flora in fire-affected areas.  This study assesses fine-scale fire patchiness and severity, and associated implications for biodiversity, in north Australian tropical savanna systems.  [Read More]

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