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Fire in Australian savannas: from leaf to landscape

Jason Beringer, Lindsay B Hutley, David Abramson, Stefan K Arndt, Peter Briggs, Mila Bristow, Josep G Canadell, Lucas A Cernusak, Derek Eamus, Andrew C Edwards, Bradley J Evans, Benedikt Fest, Klaus Goergen, Samantha P Grover, Jorg Hacker, Vanessa Haverd, Kasturi Kanniah, Stephen J Livesley, Amanda Lynch, Stefan Maier Show all



Savanna ecosystems comprise 22% of the global terrestrial surface and 25% of Australia (almost 1.9 million km2) and provide significant ecosystem services through carbon and water cycles and the maintenance of biodiversity. The current structure, composition and distribution of Australian savannas have coevolved with fire, yet remain driven by the dynamic constraints of their bioclimatic niche. Fire in Australian savannas influences both the biophysical and biogeochemical processes at multiple scales from leaf to landscape. Here, we present the latest emission estimates from Australian savanna biomass burning and their contribution to global greenhouse gas budgets. We then review our underst..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Australian Research Council (FF0348550, DP0344744, DP0772981, DP130101566, LP0774812, LP100100073 and SR0566976). Beringer is funded under an ARC FT (FT1110602). Support for collection and archiving was provided through the Australia Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) ( The support of the Cooperative Research Centre for Enterprise Distributed Systems, the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts under a GranetNet grant, and the Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing, are also gratefully acknowledged. The Australian Climate Change Science Programme supported VH, JGC, and MR. We thank the two anonymous reviewers for their constructive feedback.