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.
Effect of patches of woody vegetation on the role of fire in tropical grasslands and savannas
International Journal of Wildland Fire 23 (2014)3. - ISSN 1049-8001 - p. 410 - 416.
Hot fire, cool soil
Geophysical Research Letters 40 (2013)8. - ISSN 0094-8276 - p. 1534 - 1539.
Estimation of Forest Fire-fighting Budgets Using Climate Indexes
Victoria : University of Victoria, REPA
Post-fire effects on hydrological and erodibility factors in a simulated burn and rainfall experiment
Hydrological response of a small catchment burned by experimental fire
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 16 (2012)2. - ISSN 1027-5606 - p. 267 - 285.
Fire ecology of Scots pine in Northwest Europe
University. Promotor(en): Frits Mohren; J.G. Goldammer. - [S.l. ] : S.n. - ISBN 9085042836 - p.