The combustion of sound and rotten coarse woody debris: a review
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Joshua C. Hyde; Alistair M. S. Smith; Roger D. Ottmar; Ernesto Alvarado; Penelope Morgan
Publication Year: 2011

Cataloging Information

  • air quality
  • Australia
  • bark
  • C - carbon
  • Central America
  • combustion
  • coniferous forests
  • Costa Rica
  • cover type
  • CWD - coarse woody debris
  • decomposition
  • duff
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • FERA - Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
  • fine fuels
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • fuel loading
  • fuel management
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel types
  • fungi
  • heavy fuels
  • ignition
  • litter
  • New Zealand
  • overstory
  • pine hardwood forests
  • plant physiology
  • roots
  • slash
  • snags
  • soil temperature
  • thermal properties
  • wind
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 25809
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Coarse woody debris serves many functions in forest ecosystem processes and has important implications for fire management as it affects air quality, soil heating and carbon budgets when it combusts. There is relatively little research evaluating the physical properties relating to the combustion of this coarse woody debris with even less specifically addressing decomposition, a condition that eventually affects all debris. We review studies evaluating the combustion and consumption of coarse woody debris in the field and under controlled conditions. The thermal properties affected by decomposition are also reviewed, as are current modelling tools to represent their combustion. Management implications and suggestions for future research are then presented.

Online Link(s):
Hyde, Joshua C.; Smith, Alistair M.S.; Ottmar, Roger D.; Alvarado, Ernesto C.; Morgan, Penelope. 2011. The combustion of sound and rotten coarse woody debris: a review. International Journal of Wildland Fire 20(2):163-174.