The Australian indigenous savanna fire burning experience has been well documented within the academic literature.
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Authors publishing articles relevant to Australian savanna fire management are invited to submit their full text article or abstract to the Initiative’s Secretariat for inclusion in this compendium.
Edwards A, Russell-Smith J,Meyer M (2015) Contemporary fire regime risks to key ecological assets and processes in north Australian savannas. International Journal of Wildland Fire , http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF14197
Russell-Smith J, Edwards A, Woinarski J, Fisher A, Murphy B, Lawes M, Crase B, Thurgate N (2014) North Australian tropical savannas: the three parks savanna fire-effects plot network. In ‘Biodiversity and environmental change: monitoring, challenges and direction’. (Eds D Lindenmayer, E Burns, N Thurgate and A Lowe.) pp. 335–378. (CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne.)
Walsh D, Russell-Smith J, Cooke P (2014) Fire and carbon management in a diversified north Australian rangelands economy: research, policy and implementation challenges. The Rangeland Journal 36, 313–322.
Russell-Smith J, Cook GD, Cooke PM, Edwards AC, Lendrum M, Meyer CP, Whitehead PJ (2013) Managing fire regimes in north Australian savannas: applying customary Aboriginal approaches to contemporary global problems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11: e55–e63. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/120251
Setterfield SA, Rossiter-Rachor NA, Douglas MM, Wainger L, Petty AM, Barrow P, Shepherd IJ, Ferdinands KB (2013) Adding fuel to the fire: the impacts of non-native grass invasion on fire management at a regional scale. PLoS One 8, e59144
Meyer C, Cope M, Lee S, Young S, Keywood M (2012) ‘Development of accounting and verification methodologies for biomass burning emissions from Australian savanna woodlands.’ (CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research: Melbourne.)
Meyer CP, Cook GD, Reisen F, Smith TEL, Tattaris M, Russell-Smith J, Maier SW, Yates CP, Wooster MJ (2012) Direct measurements of the seasonality of emission factors from savanna fires in northern Australia. Journal of Geophysical Research, D, Atmospheres 117, D20305
Russell-Smith J, Gardener M, Brock C, Brennan K, Yates CP, Grace B (2012) Fire persistence traits can be used to predict vegetation responses to changing fire regimes at expansive landscape scales: an Australian example. Journal of Biogeography 39, 1657–1668.
Beyer S, Kinnear A, Hutley LB, McGuinness K, Gibb K (2011) Assessing the relationship between fire and grazing on soil characteristics and mite communities in a semi-arid savanna of northern Australia. Pedobiologia, 54, 195-200.
Douglass LL, Possingham HP, Carwardine J, Klein CJ, Roxburgh SH, Russell-Smith J, Wilson KA (2011) The effect of carbon credits on savanna land management and priorities for biodiversity conservation. PLoS One 6, e23843
Woinarski JCZ, Legge S, Fitzsimons JA, Traill BJ, Burbidge AA, Fisher A, Firth RSC, Gordon IJ, Griffith AD, Johnson CN, McKenzie NL, Palmer C, Radford I, Rankmore B, Ritchie EG, Ward S, Ziembecki M (2011) The disappearing mammal fauna of Australia: context, cause, and response. Conservation Letters 4, 192–201.
Driscoll DA, Lindenmayer DB, Bennett AF, Bode M, Bradstock RA, Cary GJ, Clarke MF, Dexter N, Fensham R, Friend G, Gill M, James S, Kay G, Keith DA, MacGregor C, Russell-Smith J, Salt D, Watson JEM, Williams RJ, York A (2010) Fire management for biodiversity conservation: key research questions and our capacity to answer them. Biological Conservation 143, 1928–1939.
Murphy BP, Russell-Smith J, Prior LD (2010) Frequent fires reduce tree growth in northern Australian Savannas: implications for tree demography and carbon sequestration. Global Change Biology 16, 331–343.
Cook GD, Meyer CP (2009) Fire, fuels and greenhouse gases. In ‘Culture, ecology and economy of savanna fire management in northern Australia: rekindling the Wurrk tradition’. (Eds J Russell-Smith, PJ Whitehead and P Cooke.) pp. 313–327. (CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne.)
Edwards A, Russell-Smith J (2009) Ecological thresholds and the status of fire-sensitive vegetation in western Arnhem land, northern Australia: implications for management. International Journal of Wildland Fire 18, 127–146.
Garde M, Nadjamerrek LB, Kolkkiwarra M, Kalarriya J, Djandjomerr J, Birriyabirriya B, Bilindja R, Kubarkku M, Biless P (2009) The language of fire: seasonality, resources and landscape burning on the Arnhem Land plateau. In ‘Managing fire regimes in north Australian savannas: ecology, culture, economy’. (Eds J Russell-Smith and P Whitehead.) pp. 86–164. (CSIRO Publishing: Canberra.)
Murphy BP, Russell-Smith J, Watt FA, Cook GD (2009) Fire management and woody biomass carbon stocks in mesic savannas. In ‘Managing fire regimes in north Australian savannas: ecology, culture, economy’. (Eds J Russell-Smith and P Whitehead.) pp. 361–378 (CSIRO Publishing: Canberra.)
Russell-Smith J, Murphy BP, Meyer CP, Cook GD, Maier S, Edwards AC, Schatz J, Brocklehurst P (2009) Improving estimates of savanna burning emissions for greenhouse accounting in northern Australia: limitations, challenges, applications. International Journal of Wildland Fire 18, 1–18.
Whitehead PJ, Russell-Smith J, Cooke PM (Eds) (2009) Culture, ecology and economy of savanna fire management in northern Australia: rekindling the Wurrk tradition, CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne.
Whitehead PJ, Purdon P, Russell-Smith J, Cooke PM, Sutton S (2008) The management of climate change through prescribed savanna burning: emerging contributions of indigenous people in north Australia. Public Administration & Development, 28: 374-385.
Hannah D, Woinarski J, Catterall C, McCosker J, Thurgate N (2007) Impacts of clearing, fragmentation and disturbance on the bird fauna of eucalypt savanna woodlands in central Queensland, Australia. Austral Ecology 32, 261–276.
Higgins SI, Bond WJ, February EC, Bronn A, Euston-Brown DIW, Enslin B, Govender N, Rademan L, O’Regan S, Potgieter ALF, Scheiter S, Sowry R, Trollope L, Trollope WSW (2007) Effects of four decades of fire manipulation on woody vegetation structure in savanna. Ecology 88, 1119–1125.
Liedloff AC, Cook GD (2007) Modelling the effects of rainfall variability and fire on tree populations in an Australian tropical savanna with the flames simulation model. Ecological Modelling 201, 269–282.
Russell-Smith J, Yates CP, Whitehead PJ, Smith R, Craig R, Allan GE, Thackway R, Frakes I, Cridland S, Meyer MCP, Gill AM (2007) Bushfires ‘down under’: patterns and implications of contemporary Australian landscape burning. International Journal of Wildland Fire 16, 361–377
Woinarski JCZ, Mackey B, Nix H, Trail B (2007) ‘The nature of northern Australia: natural values, ecological processes and future prospects.’ (Australian National University Press: Canberra.)
Andersen AN, Cook GD, Corbett LK, Douglas MM, Eager RW, Russell-Smith J, Setterfield SA, Williams RJ, Woinarski JCZ (2005) Fire frequency and biodiversity conservation in Australian tropical savannas: implications from the Kapalga fire experiment. Austral Ecology 30, 155–167.
Townsend SA, Douglas MM, Setterfield SA (2004) Catchment cover and stream water quality in an Australian tropical savanna: rapid recovery after a change to a less intense fire regime. Ecological Management & Restoration 5, 136–138.
Price O, Russell-Smith J, Edwards AC (2003) Fine-scale patchiness of different fire intensities in sandstone heath vegetation in northern Australia. International Journal of Wildland Fire 12, 227–236.
Russell-Smith J, Yates C, Edwards A, Allan GE, Cook GD, Cooke P, Craig R, Heath B, Smith R (2003) Contemporary fire regimes of northern Australia, 1997–2001: change since Aboriginal occupancy, challenges for sustainable management. International Journal of Wildland Fire 12, 283–297.
Williams RJ, Gill AM, Moore PHR (2003) Fire behaviour. In ‘Fire in tropical savannas: the Kapalga experiment. (Eds A Andersen, G Cook and R Williams.) pp. 33–46. (Springer-Verlag: New York.)
Dyer R, Jacklyn P, Partridge I, Russell-Smith J, Williams RJ (Eds) (2001) ‘Savanna burning: understanding and using fire in northern Australia.’ (Tropical Savannas Management Cooperative Research Centre: Darwin.)
Yibarbuk D, Whitehead PJ, Russell-Smith J, Jackson D, Godjuwa C, Fisher A, Cooke P, Choquenot D, Bowman D (2001) Fire ecology and Aboriginal land management in Central Arnhem Land, northern Australia: a tradition of ecosystem management. Journal of Biogeography 28, 325–343.
Craig R, Heath B, Raisbeck-Brown N, Brown M, Marsden J (2000) ‘Assessing fire patterns and their environmental impacts.’ (Department of Environment: Canberra.)
Townsend S, Douglas MM (2000) The effect of 3 fire regimes on stream water quality, water yield and export coefficients in a tropical savanna (northern Australia). Journal of Hydrology 229, 118–137.
Andersen AN, Braithwaite RW, Cook GD, Corbett LK, Williams RJ, Douglas MM, Gill AM, Setterfield SA, Muller WJ (1998) Fire research for conservation management in tropical savannas: introducing the Kapalga fire experiment. Australian Journal of Ecology 23, 95–110.
Russell-Smith J, Ryan PG, Durieu R (1997) A Landsat MSS-derived fire history of Kakadu National Park, monsoonal northern Australia, 1980–94: seasonal extent, frequency and patchiness. Journal of Applied Ecology 34, 748–766.
Williams MAJ (1991) Evolution of the landscape. In ‘Monsoonal Australia: landscape ecology and man in the Northern Lowlands’. (Eds CD Haynes, MG Ridpath and MAJ Williams.) pp. 5–17. (Balkema: Rotterdam.)
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Managing fire regimes in north Australian savannas: applying Aboriginal approaches to contemporary global problems (637.5 KB PDF) Perspectives on prescribed burning editorial (84.8 KB PDF) Cultural legacies, fire ecology, and environmental change in the Stone Country of Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park, Australia (1.7 MB PDF) Australia’s Indigenous Carbon Economy: A National Snapshot (639.2 KB PDF)