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Volume 13, issue 2
Biogeosciences, 13, 389–398, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-389-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Biogeosciences, 13, 389–398, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-389-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 21 Jan 2016

Research article | 21 Jan 2016

Vegetation structure and fire weather influence variation in burn severity and fuel consumption during peatland wildfires

G. M. Davies et al.

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We examined the variables controlling fire severity and the amount of vegetation burnt during wildfires and prescribed burns. Fire severity varied strongly within and between wildfires in relation to fire-weather conditions and vegetation type. The amount of surface vegetation burnt was a function of the amount present pre-fire, whilst moss layer consumption related to prolonged dry periods. Moss flammability may explain the higher carbon-release during wildfires compared to prescribed burns.
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