A method for regional-scale assessment of vegetation recovery time after high-severity wildfires : Case study of Spain

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Univ., Zaragoza, Espagne
Univ., Zaragoza, Espagne
Univ., Zaragoza, Espagne
Univ., Zaragoza, Espagne
Univ., Zaragoza, Espagne

Description :
The methodology is based on map algebra and a geographical information system, which enabled calculation of the approximate time required to restore vegetation to conditions similar to pre-fire regarding plant height and canopy cover. The AA. considered, first, the vegetation in the territory, characterized by the structure of the dominant plant community (tree, shrub, or grassland) and its regeneration strategy (resprouter or seeder); and, second, two of the main factors determining recovery time – water availability and soil loss. They also considered the influence of observed rainfall trends over the past 50 years on these latter two factors. The methodology, applied to Spain, highlighted significant differences in plant communities between the two biogeographic regions (Euro-Siberian and Mediterranean) as well as within each community, directly linked to variability in terrain and climatic conditions.

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Article de périodique

Source :
Progress in physical geography, issn : 0309-1333, 2014, vol. 38, n°. 5, p. 556-575, nombre de pages : 20, Références bibliographiques : 4 p.

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Pays édition : Royaume-Uni, London, Sage Publications

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