Russell-Smith J., Whitehead P.J., Williams R.J., and Flanigan M. (2003), "Fire and savanna landscapes in northern Australia: regional lessons and global challenges: Introduction to 5 papers", International Journal of Wildland Fire, 12, pp. v - ix.
This is the introduction and background to an international conference held in Darwin in 2002. The conference reviewed various aspects of the ecology and management of Australia’s tropical savanna region. The proceedings of the fire element of the conference are summarised in three sections:
Pardon L.G., Brook B.W., Griffiths A.D., and Braithwaite R.W. (2003), "Determinants of survival for the northern brown bandicoot under a landscape-scale fire experiment", Journal of Animal Ecology, 72, pp. 106 - 115.
More than half of all Australian bandicoot species (family Peramelidae) are listed as extinct or threatened by the IUCN. Recent changes in fire regimes have been identified as being key contributors to this.
Cook G. D. (2003) "Fuel dynamics, nutrients, and atmospheric chemistry" in Fire in Tropical Savannas: The Kapalga Experiment (eds) A.N. Andersen, G.D. Cook and R.J. Williams, Ecological Studies (169) pp.47-58.
This chapter presents reasons for concern over the high fire frequency found in the Top End of the Northern Territory, including:
Cook G. D. and Corbett L. K. (2003) "Kapalga and the fire experiment". Pp.15-32 in Fire in Tropical Savannas: The Kapalga Experiment. (eds A.N. Andersen, G.D. Cook and R.J. Williams). Springer-Verlag, New York.
This chapter introduces the Kapalga fire experiment. Kapalga was chosen for a landscape scale fire experiment due to its typical savanna vegetation, its diverse range of native fauna, and its location between two major rivers to the east and west, and a highway to the south.
Noble J.C. and Grice A.C. (2002), "Fire regimes in semi-arid and tropical pastoral lands: managing biological diversity and ecosystem function", Bradstock R.A., Williams J.E., and Gill A.M. (2002), Flammable Australia, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Fraser F., Lawson V., Morrison S. Christophersen P., McGreggor S. and Rawlinson M. (2003), "Fire management experiment for the declining Partridge Pigeon, Kakadu National Park", Ecological Management and Restoration, 4, pp. 94 - 102.
Gibson M., Moore P.H.R., Gill. A.M., and Ryan P.G. (2000), "Fire regimes of World Heritage Kakadu National Park, Australia", Austral Ecology, 25, pp. 616 - 625.
In this study Landsat MSS imagery was used to identify fire regimes at Kakadu National Park between 1980 and 1985. Gibson et al. identified three landscape types in the park: - plateau, lowlands and floodplain.
Braithwaite R.W., Williams J.E., and Gill A.M. (2002), Flammable Australia: The Fire Regimes and Biodiversity of a Continent, Cambridge Press, Cambridge
Fire is a vital element of ecosystems across Australia: and is a key influence on the distribution and abundance of plants and animals. This book provides information about current knowledge in relation to fire and its application to contemporary fire management. The main issues covered include: