(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Disturbance, geomorphic processes and recovery of wildfire slopes in North Tyrol

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

SASS O. (1) ; HEEL M. (2) ; LEISTNER I. (3) ; STÖGER F. (3) ; WETZEL K.-F. (2) ; FRIEDMANN A. (2) ;
(1) Inst. of Geography, Karl-Franzens-Univ., Graz, AUTRICHE
(2) Fac. of Applied Informatics, Inst of Geography, Univ., Augsburg, ALLEMAGNE
(3) Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences, Inst. of Geography, Innsbruck, AUTRICHE


The area of investigation comprises the central part of the North Tyrolean Limestone Alps, north and south of the German-Austrian border. Historical archives are analysed to determine the frequency of historical wildfires, as well as mapping vegetation regeneration on 20 slopes of different post-fire ages, and soil erosion measurements on 2 slopes. It is highlighted that vegetation regeneration takes an extremely long time under unfavourable conditions and that soil erosion constantly increases in the years after the fires. A two-part vegetation regeneration model is proposed depending upon the degree of soil loss. It is observed that after severe soil destruction the slopes may remain degraded for a century or longer, before rather rapid regeneration occurs. The reasons are not fully understood but are probably governed by geomorphic process intensity


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 37, no8 [pp. 883-894]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 9 fig., 2 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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