Journal article

Climatic and edaphic gradients predict variation in wildland fuel hazard in south-eastern Australia

SC McColl-Gausden, LT Bennett, TJ Duff, JG Cawson, TD Penman

Ecography | WILEY | Published : 2019


Understanding spatial variation in wildland fuel is central to predicting wildfire behaviour as well as current and future fire regimes. Vegetation (plant material) – both live (biomass) and dead (necromass) – constitutes most aspects of wildland fuel (hereafter ‘fuel’). It therefore is likely that factors influencing vegetation structure and composition – climate, soils, disturbance – also will influence fuel structure and associated hazard. Nonetheless, these relationships are poorly understood in temperate environments. In this study, we used an extensive database of fuel hazard assessments to determine the extent to which environmental variables (climatic conditions and soil type) and di..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship and the Integrated Forest Ecosystem Research agreement between the Victorian Dept of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Univ. of Melbourne.