Journal article

The Role of Fire in the Coevolution of Soils and Temperate Forests

Assaf Inbar, Petter Nyman, Patrick NJ Lane, Gary J Sheridan

WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH | AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION | Published : 2020

Abstract

Climate drives the coevolution of vegetation and the soil that supports it. Wildfire dramatically affects many key eco‐hydro‐geomorphic processes, but its potential role in coevolution of soil‐forest systems has been largely overlooked. The steep landscapes of southeastern Australia provide an excellent natural laboratory to study the role of fire in the coevolution of soil and forests, as they are characterized by temperate forest types, fire frequencies, and soil depths that vary systematically with aridity. The aims of this study were (i) to test the hypothesis that in Southeastern Australia, fire‐related processes are critical to explain the variations in coevolved soil‐forest system sta..

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