Journal article

Modelling surface fine fuel dynamics across climate gradients in eucalypt forests of south-eastern Australia

PB Thomas, PJ Watson, RA Bradstock, TD Penman, OF Price

ECOGRAPHY | WILEY | Published : 2014


An understanding of the effects of climate on fuel is required to predict future changes to fire. We explored the climatic determinants of variations in surface fine fuel parameters across forests (dry and wet sclerophyll plus rainforest) and grassy woodlands of south-eastern Australia. Influences of vegetation type and climate on fuel were examined through statistical modelling for estimates of litterfall, decomposition and steady state fine litter fuel load obtained from published studies. Strong relationships were found between climate, vegetation type and all three litter parameters. Litterfall was positively related to mean annual rainfall and mean annual temperature across all vegetati..

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Awarded by NSW Environmental Trust

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded primarily through a grant from the NSW Environmental Trust (Grant RD 0173). Early work on collation of data from the literature was supported by funding from the NSW Rural Fire Service.