The phenomenon of fire in the Australian landscape traverses many interests and disciplines. At a national level, there is an urgent need for the integration of both the natural and social sciences in the formulation of public policy.
With contributions from 30 leading experts, Australia Burning draws together these issues, under the themes:
Ecology and the environment
Fire behaviour and fire regime science
People and property
Policy, institutional arrangements and the legal framework
Indigenous land and fire management
The book examines some of the key questions that relate to the ecology, prediction and management of fire, urban planning, law, insurance, and community issues, including indigenous and non-indigenous concerns. It looks at what we need to know to inform public policy, given the present risks and uncertainty, and explores the avenues for closer integration between science, policy and the community.
Part I - Ecology and environment
Part II - Fire behaviour and fire regime science
Part III - People and property
Part IV - Policy, institutional arrangements and the legal framework
Part V - Indigenous land and fire management
Part VI - Synthesis
Australia Burning will provide an ideal reference for scientists, land managers, policy makers, students and interested community members.
". . . its primary value will be the long term influence it has on shaping the country's policy and attitudes towards fire . . . it's worthwhile, serious read, well worth the sober effort." Robert Dyason (Australian Forest Grower, Spring 2003)
“Australia Burning is mostly very easy to read and is not overly technical … It does … cut through the hype and dealt with our management of and attitude towards bushfires in a factual manner.” Natural Resource Management v.7 no.1 March 2004
“These books [Australia Burning and Beyond Drought] are excellent resources for thinking about what living like an Australian would be. I can’t recommend them highly enough.”
Frank Vanclay, University of Tasmania (Rural Society 2005)