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Fire-induced water repellency: an erosional factor in wildland environments

Author(s): Leonard F. DeBano
Year Published: 2000

Watershed managers and scientists throughout the world have been aware of fire-induced water-repellent soils for over three decades. Water repellency affects many hydrologic processes, including infiltration, overland flow, and surface erosion (rill and sheet erosion). This paper describes; the formation of fire-induced water-repellent soils, the effect of soil water repellency on infiltration and runoff, erosional processes unique to water-repellent soils, and the results of watershed and plot studies used to evaluate watershed-level responses to water repellency.

Citation: DeBano, Leonard F. 2000. Fire-induced water repellency: an erosional factor in wildland environments. In: Ffolliott, Peter F.; Baker Jr., Malchus B.; Edminster, Carleton B.; Dillon, Madelyn C.; Mora, Karen L., tech. coords. Land stewardship in the 21st Century: the contributions of watershed management. 2000 March 13-16; Tucson, AZ. Proceedings RMRS-P-13. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 307-310.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Soils, Water
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
NRFSN number: 12006
FRAMES RCS number: 15259
Record updated: Nov 16, 2017