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Fire and Vegetation Dynamics

Fire and Vegetation Dynamics
Studies from the North American Boreal Forest

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Ecology

  • Date Published: June 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521349437

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  • This book assembles the relevant studies of fire intensity, rate of spread, fuel consumption, fire frequency, and fire weather in the North American boreal forest. The central thesis is that the North American boreal forest has at least four wildfire characteristics that are important in understanding the dynamics of its plant populations: the large size of the burns with respect to dispersal distances; the short recurrence time of fire with respect to tree lifespans; the high mortality of plants due to the predominance of crown fires; and a good germination surface due to the large area of the forest floor that is covered by ash.

    • Considers how forest fires produce effects on individual plants and on plant populations
    • More quantitative and heat process orientated then competing texts
    • In the highly successful Cambridge Studies in Ecology Series
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Recommended for advanced undergraduates, graduates, and faculty/researchers with a basic background in population and community ecology." M.G. Messina, Choice

    ....very well written....This short work should facilitate communication between fire managers and fire ecologists, and would be useful as a text for a seminar in fire ecology, as the bibliography is extensive and appropriate. I recommend this book to all serious students of fire, whether or not they work in the boreal forest." Jane H. Bock, Plant Science Bulletin

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521349437
    • length: 144 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 151 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.22kg
    • contains: 51 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Fire and the boreal forest: the process and the response
    2. Fires and climate
    3. Forest fire behaviour
    4. Fire intensity
    5. Duff consumption
    6. Fire history and landscape pattern
    7. Fire and the population dynamics of boreal trees
    8. Conclusion

  • Author

    Edward A. Johnson, University of Calgary

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