Fire in Tropical Savannas

The Kapalga Experiment

  • Alan N. Andersen
  • Garry D. Cook
  • Richard J. Williams

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 169)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Garry D. Cook, Laurie K. Corbett
    Pages 15-32
  3. Richard J. Williams, A. Malcolm Gill, Peter H.R. Moore
    Pages 33-46
  4. Michael M. Douglas, Simon A. Townsend, P. Sam Lake
    Pages 59-78
  5. Richard J. Williams, Warren J. Müller, Carl-Henrik Wahren, Samantha A. Setterfield, Jack Cusack
    Pages 79-106
  6. Alan N. Andersen, Jérôme Orgeas, Rosalind D. Blanche, Lyn M. Lowe
    Pages 107-125
  7. Laurie K. Corbett, Alan N. Andersen, Warren J. Müller
    Pages 126-152
  8. Alan N. Andersen, Garry D. Cook, Richard J. Williams
    Pages 153-164
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 165-195

About this book


CSIRO's ten-year research program featuring the landscape-scale Kapalga fire experiment in Australia has provided a wealth of knowledge about savanna ecosystems and the critical but poorly understood role of fire. The frequent low-intensity fires examined in this volume characterize fire in the tropics and are a dominant force in shaping the structure and function of tropical ecosystems. Contributors discuss fire in relation to catchment dynamics, landscape ecology, biodiversity, and ecosystem management. Among the management issues addressed are carbon emissions, erosion and nutrient depletion, habitat management, biodiversity conservation, monitoring, and traditional Aboriginal burning practices. This book will be valuable to tropical ecologists, fire ecologists, and fire managers throughout the world, whether they are interested in plants, animals, soils, or in the landscape as a whole.


Savanne arthropods chemistry ecology ecosystem erosion insects mammals pollution savannas tropical ecosystems tropics tropische Ökosysteme vegetation Ökologie

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan N. Andersen
    • 1
  • Garry D. Cook
    • 1
  • Richard J. Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.CSIRO Sustainable EcosystemsTropical Ecosystems Research CentreWinnellieAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-00291-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-21515-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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