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Simulating the combined effects of climate and wildfire on streamflow

PM Feikema, CB Sherwin, PNJ Lane, J Piantadosi (ed.), RS Anderssen (ed.), J Boland (ed.)

20TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MODELLING AND SIMULATION (MODSIM2013) | MODELLING & SIMULATION SOC AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND INC | Published : 2013

Abstract

In February of 2009, after prolonged periods of hot and dry weather, wildfires spread across part of the state of Victoria, affecting more than 363 km2 of forests in the Melbourne water supply catchments. This has potential to alter long term water use (>100 years) of the forests and subsequent water yield from these catchments. Climate can have an important role in modifying the effects of fire on streamflow. One of the few ways to examine these is through a process-based modelling study. It is important that the combined effects of climate and wildfire on long term streamflow are included in simulations used by water managers for planning and decision making. We used a spatially explicit p..

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