International Journal of Wildland Fire International Journal of Wildland Fire Society
Journal of the International Association of Wildland Fire

Research Fronts

Forest Fires and Climate Change

Fire is an essential component in many ecosystems. However, new fire regimes resulting from changes in climate conditions might threat the sustainability of processes and communities of those ecosystems. This Research Front addresses the interactions between climate change and forest fire regimes, their ecological impacts and consequences, and the role of landscape management to mitigate those impacts. The papers offer a contrast in approaches and concepts, and illustrate the uncertainties around the emergence of new fire regimes from multiple perspectives: the causes, the consequences and the management alternatives.

The Role of Social Science in the Governance and Management of Wildland Fire

This Research Front comprises papers that highlight some of the contributions the social sciences can make to improving our ability to manage wildfire risk to individuals and communities. This collection of papers draws on the work of researchers from a range of the social sciences, with results that have implications for both policy and practice. The papers cover the controversial issue of staying and defending or early evacuation, and issues of children’s understanding of bushfire risk, indigenous knowledge of fire, and the meaning of ‘shared responsibility’. Each paper highlights important challenges and ideas for fire management.