Living with Fire in Chaparral Ecosystems

As part of the scientific expertise component of the Living with Fire in Chaparral Ecosystems (LFCE) project, a literature search on fire in Mediterranean ecosystems was conducted and many references from the international literature were compiled into a database. Research on the bushfires in Southeastern Australia has contributed significantly to the understanding of fire in Mediterranean ecosystems. For this reason, a deeper investigation of the fire literature from Australia was examined and collaborations with Australian scientists were started, including on the topic of "Leave Early, or Stay and Defend" (also referred to as "prepare, stay and defend, or leave early", and even "shelter in place" though these are not all the same thing). To promote discussion and possibly further research, researchers synthesized recurring themes in Australian bushfire research and compared and contrasted SE Australia and Mediterranean California ecosystems. Read more about this project here.