Where you stand depends on where you sit: qualitative inquiry into notions of fire adaptation
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Hannah Brenkert-Smith; James R. Meldrum; Patricia A. Champ; Christopher M. Barth
Publication Year: 2017

Cataloging Information

  • adaptive capacity
  • climate change
  • fire adaptations
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • policy
  • preparedness
  • resilience
  • risk mitigation behaviors
  • social-ecological systems
  • wildfires
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 33667
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Wildfire and the threat it poses to society represents an example of the complex, dynamic relationship between social and ecological systems. Increasingly, wildfire adaptation is posited as a pathway to shift the approach to fire from a suppression paradigm that seeks to control fire to a paradigm that focuses on 'living with' and 'adapting to' wildfire. In this study, we seek insights into what it means to adapt to wildfire from a range of stakeholders whose efforts contribute to the management of wildfire. Study participants provided insights into the meaning, relevance, and use of the concept of fire adaptation as it relates to their wildfire-related activities. A key finding of this investigation suggests that social scale is of key importance in the conceptualization and understanding of adaptation for participating stakeholders. Indeed, where you stand in terms of understandings of fire adaptation depends in large part on where you sit. © 2017 by the authors.

Online Link(s):
Brenkert-Smith, H., J. R. Meldrum, P. A. Champ, and C. M. Barth. 2017. Where you stand depends on where you sit: qualitative inquiry into notions of fire adaptation. Ecology and Society, v. 22, no. 3, p. 7. 10.5751/ES-09471-220307.