Fire and geomorphic processes
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Frederick J. Swanson
Editor(s): Harold A. Mooney; T. M. Christensen; James E. Lotan; William A. Reiners
Publication Year: 1981

Cataloging Information

  • area fire frequency
  • erosion
  • fire
  • fire intensity
  • fire regimes
  • landscape ecology
  • sedimentation
  • soil erosion
  • topography
  • watershed management
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 3073
Tall Timbers Record Number: 1692
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:WO-26
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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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.

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Swanson, Frederick J. 1981. Fire and geomorphic processes. Pages 401-420. In: Fire Regimes and Ecosystem Properties: Proceedings of the Conference. General Technical Report WO-GTR-26. Washington, D.C.: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.