wildfires research

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Wildfires

Wageningen University & Research conducts research into the causes of erosion and flooding after wildfires. Scientists at Wageningen University & Research also advise authorities to focus on a swift recovery of soil-covering vegetation in areas where wildfires cannot be prevented. This will keep the soil as much intact as possible.

Every year, an area the size of the European Union is economically and ecologically damaged by wildfires. The heat of the fire damages the soil, and it can also make it water resistant, which increases the risk of erosion and flooding.

Scientists at Wageningen University & Research simulate wildfires and investigate what happens to the soil during these fires. Based on these simulations, they advise land managers on how to limit the damage and improve ecosystem management.

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