Synthesising empirical results to improve predictions of post-wildfire runoff and erosion response

International Journal of Wildland Fire
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Abstract

Advances in research into wildfire impacts on runoff and erosion have demonstrated increasing complexity of controlling factors and responses, which, combined with changing fire frequency, present challenges for modellers. We convened a conference attended by experts and practitioners in post-wildfire impacts, meteorology and related research, including modelling, to focus on priority research issues. The aim was to improve our understanding of controls and responses and the predictive capabilities of models. This conference led to the eight selected papers in this special issue. They address aspects of the distinctiveness in the controls and responses among wildfire regions, spatiotemporal rainfall variability, infiltration, runoff connectivity, debris flow formation and modelling applications. Here we summarise key findings from these papers and evaluate their contribution to improving understanding and prediction of post-wildfire runoff and erosion under changes in climate, human intervention and population pressure on wildfire-prone areas.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Synthesising empirical results to improve predictions of post-wildfire runoff and erosion response
Series title International Journal of Wildland Fire
DOI 10.1071/WF16021
Volume 25
Issue 3
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher International Association of Wildland Fire
Contributing office(s) National Research Program - Central Branch
Description 5 p.
First page 257
Last page 261
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