Rocky Mountain Research Station Publications

RMRS Online Publication - Journal Articles, External Publications, and Special Reports
Predicting post-fire hillslope erosion in forest lands of the western United States


Miller, Mary Ellen; MacDonald, Lee H.; Robichaud, Peter R.; Elliot, William J. 2011. Predicting post-fire hillslope erosion in forest lands of the western United States. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 20: 982-999.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF09142

Many forests and their associated water resources are at increasing risk from large and severe wildfires due to high fuel accumulations and climate change. Extensive fuel treatments are being proposed, but it is not clear where such treatments should be focussed. The goals of this project were to: (1) predict potential post-fire erosion rates for forests and shrublands in the western United States to help prioritise fuel treatments; and (2) assess model sensitivity and accuracy. Post-fire ground cover was predicted using historical fire weather data and the First Order Fire Effects Model. Parameter files from the Disturbed Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) were combined with GeoWEPP to predict post-fire erosion at the hillslope scale.

Keywords: ground cover, modelling, sensitivity analysis, WEPP


About PDFs: For best results, do not open the PDF in your Web browser. Right-click on the PDF link to download the PDF file directly to your computer. Click here for more PDF help.


Download Article
http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_other/rmrs_2011_miller_m001.pdf

PDF File Size: * K


Title: RMRS Other Publications: Predicting post-fire hillslope erosion in forest lands of the western United States
Electronic Publish Date: September 18, 2012
Last Update:
September 18, 2012

RMRS Publications | Order a publication | Contact Us