Journal article

Forest Structure Drives Fuel Moisture Response across Alternative Forest States

Tegan P Brown, Assaf Inbar, Thomas J Duff, Jamie Burton, Philip J Noske, Patrick NJ Lane, Gary J Sheridan

FIRE-SWITZERLAND | MDPI | Published : 2021

Abstract

Climate warming is expected to increase fire frequency in many productive obligate seeder forests, where repeated high-intensity fire can initiate stand conversion to alternative states with contrasting structure. These vegetation-fire interactions may modify the direct effects of climate warming on the microclimatic conditions that control dead fuel moisture content (FMC), which regulates fire activity in these high-productivity systems. However, despite the well-established role of forest canopies in buffering microclimate, the interaction of FMC, alternative forest states and their role in vegetation-fire feedbacks remain poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that FMC dynamics acros..

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Awarded by University of Melbourne


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Awarded by Melbourne Water


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship, the Integrated Forest Ecosystem Research (IFER) Agreement between the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the University of Melbourne (THEMIS TA37690), and Melbourne Water (THEMIS 301102). TPB received a travelling scholarship from the Institute of Foresters Australia (IFA) in 2019.