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Geostatistics: a new tool for describing spatially-varied surface conditions from timber harvested and burned hillslopes

Author(s): Peter R. Robichaud
Year Published: 1997
Description:

Geostatistics provides a method to describe the spatial continuity of many natural phenomena. Spatial models are based upon the concept of scaling, kriging and conditional simulation. These techniques were used to describe the spatially-varied surface conditions on timber harvest and burned hillslopes. Geostatistical techniques provided estimates of the ground cover (organic forest floor commonly called duff), which was used to classify burned-over hillslopes into low- and high-severity burn conditions. Rainfall simulation was conducted and the results indicated variability in two important erosion process parameters: hydraulic conductivity and interrill erodibility.

Citation: Robichaud, Peter R. 1997. Geostatistics: a new tool for describing spatially-varied surface conditions from timber harvested and burned hillslopes. ASAE Annual International Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. Paper No. 97-2092. St. Joseph, MI: American Society of Agricultural Engineers. p. 133-136.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Fire Intensity / Burn Severity, Ecological - Second Order, Soils, Water, Fire Regime
Ecosystem(s): Montane dry mixed-conifer forest
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
NRFSN number: 11012
FRAMES RCS number: 7225
Record updated: May 10, 2018