Chapter 1. Australian Rainforests in a Global Context

  1. Nigel E. Stork Chair Head Associate Dean CEO Director Member2 and
  2. Stephen M. Turton Executive Director Associate Professor Director Councillor3
  1. Nigel E. Stork Chair Head Associate Dean CEO Director Member2,†,
  2. Stephen Goosem1,‡ and
  3. Stephen M. Turton Executive Director Associate Professor Director Councillor3,§

Published Online: 2 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300321.ch1

Living in a Dynamic Tropical Forest Landscape

Living in a Dynamic Tropical Forest Landscape

How to Cite

Stork, N. E., Goosem, S. and Turton, S. M. (2008) Australian Rainforests in a Global Context, in Living in a Dynamic Tropical Forest Landscape (eds N. E. Stork and S. M. Turton), Blackwell Publishing, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300321.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    School of Resource Management and Geography, Faculty of Land and Food Resources, University of Melborne, Burnley Campus, Richmond, Victoria, Australia

  2. 3

    Australian Tropical Forest Institute, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Wet Tropics Management Authority, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

  2. 2

    School of Resource Management and Geography, Faculty of Land and Food Resources, University of Melborne, Burnley Campus, Richmond, Victoria, Australia

  3. 3

    Australian Tropical Forest Institute, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

  1. The authors were participants of Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Ecology and Management

  2. The authors were participants of Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Ecology and Management

  3. §

    The authors were participants of Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Ecology and Management

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405156431

Online ISBN: 9781444300321

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Keywords:

  • Australian Rainforests In Global Context;
  • rainforests as contested landscapes;
  • global distribution of tropical rainforest;
  • Australian rainforests and their significance;
  • percentage contribution to Australia's present-day extent of rainforest;
  • World Heritage tropical rainforest properties;
  • Wet Tropics rainforests and changes in human perceptions;
  • Wet Tropics - central position in national environmental politics;
  • tropical rainforests renowned for immense biodiversity

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Rainforests as contested landscapes

  • Australian rainforests and their significance

  • The Wet Tropics rainforests

  • Historical aspects of the Wet Tropics and changes in human perceptions

  • Recent change in perception of rainforests

  • Tropical rainforest studies in Australia

  • History of monitoring

  • Evolution of regional rainforest research capability and infrastructure capacity

  • Existing and emerging threats

  • Summary

  • References