Response to fire impacts water levels 40 years into future

Science Daily  January 10, 2020 Few studies have investigated the longer‐term effects of either wildfire or post‐fire land management on catchment hydrology. A team of researchers in the US (UC Santa Barbara, Oregon State University, industry) analyzed ten years of pre‐fire data, along with post‐fire data from 1 to 7 and 35 to 41 years after wildfire burned three experimental catchments in the Entiat Experimental Forest (EEF) in the Pacific Northwest. They quantified and compared the short‐ and longer‐term effects of both wildfire and post‐fire forest management treatments on annual discharge, peak flows, low flows, and evapotranspiration (AET). They found increases […]