Soil moisture reduces forest soil temperatures under pile burning [abstract]
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): W. H. Frandsen; K. C. Ryan
Coordinator(s): R. W. Mutch
Publication Year: 1984

Cataloging Information

  • aerial ignition
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • heat
  • ignition
  • mineral soils
  • moisture
  • mosses
  • organic soils
  • peat
  • peat fires
  • peatlands
  • soil moisture
  • soil temperature
  • temperature
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39029
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13656
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A 13.2:F 511/58X
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Text: 'The organic mantle of the forest floor acts as a barrier to heat transport down into the mineral soil. This study compares the temperatures experienced in a surrogate mineral soil (sand) with and without an organic mantle (peat moss) covering the mineral soil. Different combinations of wet and dry soil profiles were located under the same burning fuel pile for comparison to uncovered mineral soil. Both wet and dry oranic mantles reduce the temperatures experienced in dry mineral soil, but a more significant reduction is experienced in wet mineral soil under a wet organic mantle.'

Frandsen, W. H., and K. C. Ryan. 1984. Soil moisture reduces forest soil temperatures under pile burning [abstract], in Mutch, R. W., Prescribed Fire by Aerial Ignition: Proceedings of a Workshop. Missoula, MT. Intermountain Fire Council,Missoula, MT. p. 200,