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Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems: ecology, evolution and management

J.E. KEELEY, W.J. BOND, R.A. BRADSTOCK, J.G. PAUSAS, P.W. RUNDEL, (2012), Cambridge University Press, 515 p.
Nick Marriner
p. 111
Bibliographical reference

J.E. KEELEY, W.J. BOND, R.A. BRADSTOCK, J.G. PAUSAS, P.W. RUNDEL, (2012), Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems: ecology, evolution and management, Cambridge University Press, 515 p.

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1Fire is a powerful agent of environmental change that has significantly shaped ecosystems since the Palaeozoic. “Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems: ecology, evolution and management” focuses on the ecological role and human dimensions of fire for five Mediterranean-Type Climate (MTC) regions of the world. Mediterranean ecosystems are particularly pertinent units of analysis because their fire-prone ecosystems tend to be juxtaposed with major metropolitan centres, as a number of widely mediatised wildfire examples have recently demonstrated (e.g. the Greek forest fires of summer 2007). The book successfully demonstrates that fire, not just climate and geology, has also played a key role in mediating plant traits and communities. The book is split into three sections. The first section comprises three chapters and provides an introductory overview of Mediterranean climate ecosystems and general fire regime frameworks. Section two embraces a regional scale of analysis for the five MTC regions of the world: the Mediterranean Basin, California, Chile, the Cape region of South Africa and southern Australia. The final section is divided into six chapters and looks at the role of fire in comparative ecology, evolution and management. Although the volume addresses a great plethora of fire topics, palaeoenvironmentalists might regret that there is no scope for palaeo-studies, particularly for the Mediterranean Basin, a geographical region that has seen a significant growth in research looking at palaeo-fire regimes during the Holocene. This should not, however, detract from what is an excellent reference book on fire management and ecology in Mediterranean ecosystems.

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Nick Marriner, « Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems: ecology, evolution and management », Méditerranée [Online], 121 | 2013, Online since 31 October 2014, connection on 23 March 2017. URL : http://mediterranee.revues.org/6936

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