Fire-induced water-repellent soils, an annotated bibliography

Open-File Report 97-720
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The development and nature of water-repellent, or hydrophobic, soils are important issues in evaluating hillslope response to fire. The following annotated bibliography was compiled to consolidate existing published research on the topic. Emphasis was placed on the types, causes, effects and measurement techniques of water repellency, particularly with respect to wildfires and prescribed burns. Each annotation includes a general summary of the respective publication, as well as highlights of interest to this focus. Although some references on the development of water repellency without fires, the chemistry of hydrophobic substances, and remediation of water-repellent conditions are included, coverage of these topics is not intended to be comprehensive. To develop this database, the GeoRef, Agricola, and Water Resources Abstracts databases were searched for appropriate references, and the bibliographies of each reference were then reviewed for additional entries. Additional references will be added to this bibliography as they become available. The annotated bibliography can be accessed on the Web at A database consisting of the references and keywords is available through a link at the above address. This database was compiled using EndNote2 plus software by Niles and Associates, and is necessary to search the database.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Fire-induced water-repellent soils, an annotated bibliography
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 97-720
DOI 10.3133/ofr97720
Edition Online only, Version 1.0
Year Published 1997
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey,
Description 41 p. ; 28 cm.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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