Fire and the transformation of Landscapes

Rowe, Cassandra, Stevenson, Janelle, Connor, Simon, and Adeleye, Matthew (2022) Fire and the transformation of Landscapes. In: McNiven, Ian J., and David, Bruno, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Indigenous Australia and New Guinea. Oxford Handbooks . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, C12.S1-C12.S15.

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Australia is a fire-prone continent, and its long-term history of burning is the product of millennia of interactions between climatic and cultural fire. Australia is also highly diverse, both in terms of landscape composition and fire regimes, as well as ecosystem responses to fire-regime changes. This article presents a compilation of research on Holocene fire histories across major climatic and biogeographic zones of Australia into New Guinea. It then brings together research on pollen-based vegetation change and fire history for key sites within each zone. The result is a series of ecosystem ‘fire moments’ that explore fire’s role as an environmental transformer, an artefact of climate, vegetation, and culture. This article seeks to promote collaborative research in the examination of fire and its effects in time and space, ultimately seeking fine-resolution transdisciplinary studies that encompass a range of knowledge systems in partnership research and as a means to address future methodological challenges.

Item ID: 76728
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 9780190095628
Keywords: fire regime; charcoal; biomass; Holocene; Sahul; palaeoecology
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2022 Oxford University Press.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC FL140100044, ARC CE170100015
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2022 06:12
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310306 Palaeoecology @ 40%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4102 Ecological applications > 410205 Fire ecology @ 30%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210402 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connection to land and environment @ 30%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180606 Terrestrial biodiversity @ 40%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180601 Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems @ 30%
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