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Illuminating wildfire erosion and deposition patterns with repeat terrestrial lidar

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2016

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Rengers, F. K., G. E. Tucker, J. A. Moody, and B. A. Ebel, (2016), Illuminating wildfire erosion and deposition patterns with repeat terrestrial lidar: Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 121, 588–608, doi: 10.1002/2015JF003600

Summary

Erosion following a wildfire is much greater than background erosion in forests because of wildfire-induced changes to soil erodibility and water infiltration. While many previous studies have documented post-wildfire erosion with point and small plot-scale measurements, the spatial distribution of post-fire erosion patterns at the watershed scale remains largely unexplored. In this study lidar surveys were collected periodically in a small, first-order drainage basin over a period of 2 years following a wildfire. The study site was relatively steep with slopes ranging from 17° to > 30°. During the study period, several different types of rain storms occurred on the site including low-intensity frontal storms (2.4 mm h−1) and high-intensity [...]

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Brian A Ebel

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  • Post Wildfire Hydrological, Sedimentological, and Water Quality Responses

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