Fire and Climatic Change in Temperate Ecosystems of the Western Americas

  • Thomas T. Veblen
  • William L. Baker
  • Gloria Montenegro
  • Thomas W. Swetnam

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 160)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Methods and Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert E. Keane, Mark A. Finney
      Pages 32-68
  3. North America

  4. South America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Thomas T. Veblen, Thomas Kitzberger, Estela Raffaele, Diane C. Lorenz
      Pages 265-295
    3. Thomas Kitzberger, Thomas T. Veblen
      Pages 296-321
    4. Antonio Lara, Alexia Wolodarsky-Franke, Juan Carlos Aravena, Marco Cortés, Shawn Fraver, Fernando Silla
      Pages 322-342
    5. Juan Carlos Aravena, Carlos LeQuesne, Héctor Jiménez, Antonio Lara, Juan J. Armesto
      Pages 343-356
    6. Gloria Montenegro, Miguel Gómez, Francisca Díaz, Rosanna Ginocchio
      Pages 381-409
  5. Practical Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 411-411
    2. Penelope Morgan, Guillermo E. Defossé, Norberto F. Rodríguez
      Pages 413-440
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 441-444

About this book


Both fire and climatic variability have monumental impacts on the dynamics of temperate ecosystems. These impacts can sometimes be extreme or devastating as seen in recent El Nino/La Nina cycles and in uncontrolled fire occurrences. This volume brings together research conducted in western North and South America, areas of a great deal of collaborative work on the influence of people and climate change on fire regimes. In order to give perspective to patterns of change over time, it emphasizes the integration of paleoecological studies with studies of modern ecosystems. Data from a range of spatial scales, from individual plants to communities and ecosystems to landscape and regional levels, are included. Contributions come from fire ecology, paleoecology, biogeography, paleoclimatology, landscape and ecosystem ecology, ecological modeling, forest management, plant community ecology and plant morphology. The book gives a synthetic overview of methods, data and simulation models for evaluating fire regime processes in forests, shrublands and woodlands and assembles case studies of fire, climate and land use histories. The unique approach of this book gives researchers the benefits of a north-south comparison as well as the integration of paleoecological histories, current ecosystem dynamics and modeling of future changes.


Climatology Paleoclimatology Rain Scale Seen biogeography climate change ecology ecosystem ecosystem dynamics ecosystem ecology forest forest management vegetation wetland

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas T. Veblen
    • 1
  • William L. Baker
    • 2
  • Gloria Montenegro
    • 3
  • Thomas W. Swetnam
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of Geography and RecreationUniversity of WyomingLaramieUSA
  3. 3.Departmento de Ciencias Vegetales Facultad de Agronomía e Ingeniería ForestalPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile
  4. 4.Laboratory of Tree-Ring ResearchUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-95455-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-21710-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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