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Predicting post-fire hillslope erosion in forest lands of the western United States

Posted date: September 18, 2012
Publication Year: 
2011
Authors: Miller, Mary Ellen; MacDonald, Lee H.; Robichaud, Pete R.Elliot, William J.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: International Journal of Wildland Fire. 20: 982-999.

Abstract

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.

Citation

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.