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Forest Fires: Behavior and Ecological Effects Hardcover – February 12, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0123866608 ISBN-10: 012386660X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 594 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (February 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 012386660X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123866608
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,208,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...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)

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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Alper on June 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a book for someone who is SERIOUS about learning about wildfires. It is full of complex math formulas and many things that are beyond most readers. Read only if interested in highly technical data.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Gellie on May 10, 2010
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The book is aimed to bridge a gap between researcher and applied management. The covers a wide range of topics from fire combustion, to fuel moisture dynamics, the interaction between fire and its surrounding atmosphere, lightning ignition, fire effects and fire management. The chapters for each of these adequately deal with the topic, sometimes at a level which will beyond most people's ken. The book is missing a level of integration within and between chapters, which makes it difficult to appreciate the book's comprehensive nature. It would have been nice to have an overarching framework on fire behaviour and ecological effects to direct the writers of each chapter towards a central understanding of fires and their ecological effects. The book does cover fires and their effects in both northern and southern hemispheres. Some of the figures could have benefitted from being in colour.
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I recently discovered that this book is supposed to have COLOR picture plates in the center to illustrate the fire effects. The book I received from Amazon has black and white pictures. They have given no indication that they are selling a modified version of the book. The black and white picture are reasonable quality but in no way show what was intended with the color ones. Amazon charges the same price as versions with the color plates.
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. Go somewhere where you can verify that the picture plates in the center are supposed to be color.
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