Document


Title

Long-term effects of wildfire on ground temperature and soil moisture content - poster
Document Type: Report
Author(s): William Robert Bolton; Kenji Yoshikawa; Larry D. Hinzman; Masami Fukuda
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • albedo
  • ground temperature
  • permafrost
  • soil moisture
  • succession
  • temperature
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Record Last Modified: December 3, 2015
FRAMES Record Number: 5610

Description

The purpose of this study is to investigate long term relationships between the ground thermal regime and soil moisture content in areas affected by wildfire. Three different-aged burns (1920's, 1990, 1996) near the Caribou-Poker Creek Research Watershed north of Fairbanks were selected for study. Ground temperature profiles were developed for burned and unburned sites at each location and showed that soils were warmer at the burned sites in each case. Permafrost was not found at the 1920's burn, indicating that permafrost degradation may be non-recoverable after a surface disturbance given the current climatic regime at the CPCRW location.

Citation:
Bolton, William R.; Yoshikawa, Kenji; Hinzman, Larry D.; Fukuda, Masami. 2000. Long-term effects of wildfire on ground temperature and soil moisture content (poster). 2 pp.