Journal article

Responding to the biodiversity impacts of a megafire: A case study from south-eastern Australia’s Black Summer

WL Geary, A Buchan, T Allen, D Attard, MJ Bruce, L Collins, TE Ecker, TA Fairman, T Hollings, E Loeffler, A Muscatello, D Parkes, J Thomson, M White, E Kelly

Diversity and Distributions | Published : 2021

Abstract

Aim: Megafires are increasing in intensity and frequency globally. The impacts of megafires on biodiversity can be severe, so conservation managers must be able to respond rapidly to quantify their impacts, initiate recovery efforts and consider conservation options within and beyond the burned extent. We outline a framework that can be used to guide conservation responses to megafires, using the 1.5 million hectare 2019/2020 megafires in Victoria, Australia, as a case study. Location: Victoria, Australia. Methods: Our framework uses a suite of decision support tools, including species attribute databases, ~4,200 species distribution models and a spatially explicit conservation action planni..

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