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Title: Ecohydrologic impacts of rangeland fire on runoff and erosion: A literature synthesis

Author: Pierson, Frederick B.; Williams, C. Jason;

Date: 2016

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-351. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 110 p.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: Fire can dramatically influence rangeland hydrology and erosion by altering ecohydrologic relationships. This synthesis presents an ecohydrologic perspective on the effects of fire on rangeland runoff and erosion through a review of scientific literature spanning many decades. The objectives are: (1) to introduce rangeland hydrology and erosion concepts necessary for understanding hydrologic impacts of fire; (2) to describe how climate, vegetation, and soils affect rangeland hydrology and erosion; and (3) to use examples from literature to illustrate how fire interacts with key ecohydrologic relationships. The synthesis is intended to provide a useful reference and conceptual framework for understanding and evaluating impacts of fire on rangeland runoff and erosion.

Keywords: ecohydrology, fire effects, infiltration, rangeland hydrology, runoff, soil erosion, soil water repellency, ecohydrology resilience, hillslope hydrology, hydrologic response, postfire response, soil response

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Pierson, Frederick B.; Williams, C. Jason. 2016. Ecohydrologic impacts of rangeland fire on runoff and erosion: A literature synthesis. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-351. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 110 p.

 


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