Global warming is expected to change fire regimes, likely increasing the severity and extent of wildfires in many ecosystems around the world. What will be the landscape-scale effects of these altered fire regimes? Within what theoretical contexts can we accurately assess these effects? We explore the possible effects of altered fire regimes on landscape patch dynamics, dominant species (tree, shrub, or herbaceous) and succession, sensitive and invasive plant and animal species and communities, and ecosystem function. Ultimately, we must consider the human dimension: what are the policy and management implications of increased fire disturbance, and what are the implications for human communities?.
pt. 1. Concepts and theory. Toward a theory of landscape fire / Donald McKenzie, Carol Miller, and Donald A. Falk -- Scaling laws and complexity in fire regimes / Donald McKenzie and Maureen C. Kennedy -- Native fire regimes and landscape resilience / Max A. Moritz, Paul F. Hessburg, and Nicholas A. Povak -- pt. 2. Climate context. Climate and spatial patterns of wildfire in North America / Zeʹev Gedalof -- Climatic water balance and regional fire years in the Pacific Northwest, USA: linking regional climate and fire at landscape scales / Jeremy S. Littell and Richard B. Gwozdz -- pt. 3. Landscape fire dynamics and interactions. Pyrogeography and biogeochemical resilience / Erica A.H. Smithwick -- Reconstructing landscape pattern of historical fires and fire regimes / Tyson Swetnam ... [et al.] -- Fire and invasive plants on California landscapes / Jon E. Keeley, Janet Franklin, and Carla D’Antonio -- Modeling landscape fire and wildlife habitat / Samuel A. Cushman, Tzeidle N. Wasserman, and Kevin McGarigal -- pt. 4. Landscape fire management, policy, and research in an era of global change. Managing and adapting to changing fire regimes in a warmer climate / David L. Peterson, Jessica E. Halofsky, and Morris C. Johnson -- Wilderness fire management in a changing environment / Carol Miller ... [et al.] -- Synthesis: landscape ecology and changing fire regimes / Donald McKenzie, Carol Miller, and Donald A. Falk