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The combustion of sound and rotten coarse woody debris: a review

Author(s): Joshua C. Hyde, Alistair M. S. Smith, Roger D. Ottmar, Ernesto Alvarado, Penelope Morgan
Year Published: 2011

Coarse woody debris serves many functions in forest ecosystem processes and has important implications for fire management as it affects air quality, soil heating and carbon budgets when it combusts. There is relatively little research evaluating the physical properties relating to the combustion of this coarse woody debris with even less specifically addressing decomposition, a condition that eventually affects all debris. We review studies evaluating the combustion and consumption of coarse woody debris in the field and under controlled conditions. The thermal properties affected by decomposition are also reviewed, as are current modelling tools to represent their combustion. Management implications and suggestions for future research are then presented.

Citation: Hyde, Joshua C.; Smith, Alistair M.S.; Ottmar, Roger D.; Alvarado, Ernesto C.; Morgan, Penelope. 2011. The combustion of sound and rotten coarse woody debris: a review. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 20: 163-174
Topic(s): Fuels, Fuel Descriptions, Smoke & Air Quality
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 13132
TTRS (Tall Timbers Research Station) Number: 25809
Record updated: Jun 14, 2018