"...a rich summary of our current knowledge of several important aspects of forest fire science, from fuel dynamics to coupled atmosphere-fire modelling. ...The book's strength is as a state-of-the-art review of research on pyrolysis, flames, lightening, fuel-moisture dynamics, smoke, combustion chemistry, and more. ...My fire science students and colleagues use Forest Fires
as a reference."
Daniel Nepstad, Woods Hole Research Center, in NATURE (January 2002)
"...a primary strength of this book is that you can find a larger number of state-of-the-art fire behavior and combustion topics covered in a single source. ...the book is an unmitigated success...a very strong book that will benefit most scientists interested in fire, including ecologists. ...Overall, I compliment the editors and authors for a job well done."
--Marc D. Abrams, Pennsylvania State University, School of Forest Resources, in ECOLOGY (November 2001)
"This book is authoritative, well written and abundantly referenced. ...a valuable resource on all the topics covered and is likely to remain so for many years. ...It is a book that researchers in fire ecology should be aware of and have access to."
--John Ogden in ANNALS OF BOTANY (2001)
From the Back Cover
Numerous plant communities depend on fire for generating species diversity in both time and space. Without fire, such ecosystems converge toward sterile monocultures. Recent efforts to prohibit fire in fire-dependent communities have contributed to more intense and more damaging fires. For these reasons, foresters, ecologists, land managers, geographers, and environmental scientists are interested in the behavior and ecological effects of fires.Forest Fires
focuses on the chemistry and physics of fire to educate how fire behaves and the impacts it has on ecosystem function. Leading international contributors have prepared a didactic text/reference that should appeal to both advanced students and practicing professionals.