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Burning Australia

This is a MODIS image of Tasmania (Australia), showing smoke columns from several wildfires burning on 6 January. In recent months, Australia has suffered a severe heat wave and strong winds, which have favored the emergence of several fires. NASA’s Terra satellite … Continue reading

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Ash and soil water repellency effects on soil hydrology in fire-affected Mediterranean ecosystems

Merche B. Bodí merche.bodi@uv.es SEDER-Soil Erosion and Degradation Research Group, Departament de Geografia. Universitat de València. Valencia, Spain GEA-Grupo de Edafología Ambiental, Departamento de Agroquímica y Medio Ambiente, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Elche, Spain After a wildfire, changes in the vegetation, … Continue reading

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How many years of four-years politics yet?

Antonio Jordán Lorena M. Zavala University of Seville, Spain Recently, we and some members of our research group visited a burned area in Montellano (province of Sevilla, Southern Spain) to plan some field experiments. This area was affected by a … Continue reading

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Fire and ants

Paulo Pereira pereiraub@gmail.com Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania Ants are amazing creatures, not only for the recognized work capacity, but also due their great resilience to disturbance. They are considered ecosystem engineers and have an important impact on soil physical … Continue reading

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Stefan Doerr: meet the expert in (soil water) repellency

Rob Bryant College of Engineering, Swansea University Rick Shakesby College of Science, Swansea University Stefan Doerr achieved a Diplom from Tübingen University (1993) and at that stage his main interests lay in limestone geomorphology. His interests in research into soil … Continue reading

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Soil recovering after intense burning

Alejandro Rodríguez-Távora Biology student, University of Sevilla On 27 July 2004, four arson fires in different points of the Río Tinto mining area (Huelva, SW Spain) led to a wildfire. After a period of abnormally high temperatures and intense drought, … Continue reading

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When soil does not marry water

Paulo Pereira Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania This picture was taken 3 days after a high severity summer wildfire in Portugal. It is a clear and well known evidence that fire can change importantly soil water properties, with implications on soil … Continue reading

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River Jup basin after fire

Photo submitted by María Burguet, a PhD student at the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at Córdoba (IAS-CSIC, Spain). His research interests include the sources of sediment, runoff and carbon in Andalusian olive grove at different scales and under different agricultural … Continue reading

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Where fire and ice meet

Paulo Pereira Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania Sampling soil bellow a thick ice layer 9 months (January 2012) after a grassland fire near Vilnius city, Lithuania. Spring grassland fires are an important ecological and cultural phenomena in Baltic countries. Fires are … Continue reading

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Are wildfires our enemy?

Antonio Jordán University of Sevilla, Spain The Second Workshop on Forest Fires at the University of Seville was held last June 29, sponsored by the Spanish Network on the Effects of Wildfires on Soils (FUEGORED). Although the workshop is aimed … Continue reading

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