Effects of ash on hillslope hydrology

Effects of ash on hillslope hydrology

WILDFIRE - BURNED SITE IN CONIFER FOREST MONTANA

(Image: Joint exploratory work carried out at a severely burned site in conifer forest in Montana, 2007)

A new collaborative project, funded by the NSF, will focus on the effects of ash, deposited by forest fires in the NW USA, on hillslope hydrology. Previous work published by Professor Stefan Doerr (Geography) has shown that ash can reduce soil erosion risk on hillslopes under certain conditions. Work led by Dr Scott Woods (University of Montana) has indicated that this effect can vary strongly with soil type. In this new project, both teams join forces to quantify this effect for various locations in the USA.