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:
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.
Dyer R., Jacklyn P. Partridge R., Russell-Smith J. and Williams D. (2001), "Savanna burning : understanding and using fire in northern Australia", Tropical Savanna's CRC, Darwin
This book describes how fire influences the savanna landscape and how fire can be used to meet a variety of management objectives. Major topics covered include:
Bowman D.M.J.S. (2005) "Understanding a flammable planet – climate, fire and global vegetation patterns", New Phytologist, 165, pp 341 - 345
In this article, Bowman compares global vegetation patterns with lightning ignitions. The results indicate that in areas of high lightning activity a large proprotion of the vegetation is fire adapted. This was particularly found to be the case in the savanna regions, including northern Australia.
Andersen A.N., Cook G.D., and Williams R.J. (eds) (2003) in Fire in Tropical Savannas: The Kapalga Experiment. (eds A.N. Andersen, G.D. Cook and R.J. Williams). Springer-Verlag, New York.
This book summarises the results of the landscape scale Kapalga fire experiment. It discusses the major issues surrounding fire in the savanna region of northern Australia. It covers topics such as
fuel dynamics, nutrients and atmospheric chemistry:
Issues covered at this conference include:
Andersen A.N. (2003) "Burning issues in savanna ecology and management", Andersen A.N., Cook G.D., and R.J. Williams (eds), Fire in Tropical Savannas: The Kapalga Fire Experiment, Springer, New York
The savanna region of northern Australia presents a unique conservation and research opportunity: it is sparsely populated, relatively uncleared and most fires are lit by people within the broad context of conservation management. Much of the land is managed by Aboriginal people with fire management being an integral part of their culture.