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Fire and geomorphic processes

Author(s): Frederick J. Swanson
Editor(s): Harold A. Mooney, T. M. Christensen, James E. Lotan, William A. Reiners
Year Published: 1981

Fire, geomorphic processes, and landforms interact to determine natural patterns of ecosystems over landscapes. Fire alters vegetation and soil properties which change soil and sediment movement through watersheds. Landforms affect fire behavior and form firebreaks which determine burn boundaries. Geomorphic consequences of fire in a landscape-ecosystem type are determined by (a) characteristics of the fire regime, mainly frequency and intensity; and (b) geomorphic sensitivity or erodibility of the landscape.

Citation: Swanson FJ. 1981. Fire and geomorphic processes. Pages 401-420. In: Mooney HA, Christensen TM, Lotan JE, and Reiners WA, Fire Regimes and Ecosystem Properties: Proceedings of the Conference. General Technical Report WO-GTR-26. Washington, D.C.: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Soils, Post-fire Management, Post-fire Rehabilitation, Erosion Control
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
NRFSN number: 18669
FRAMES RCS number: 3073
TTRS (Tall Timbers Research Station) Number: 1692
Record updated: Dec 3, 2018