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Project ID: 11-3-1-22

Year: 2011

Date Started: 08/01/2011

Date Completed: 03/27/2013

Title: Will Climate Change Alter Wildfire Behavior and Effects in Seasonally-Dry Wetlands?

Project Proposal Abstract: Predictions of climate change effects include worsening droughts in temperate climates and longer dry seasons in subtropical areas. As a consequence, seasonally-desiccated wetlands containing organic soil may experience more frequent fires from nearby fire-prone uplands. The degree to which these fires may change in behavior or effects is not known, but may be inferred from microclimate measurements. This project will incorporate microclimate and soil-moisture measurements in a landscape-ecological study of potential changes to wildfire behavior in wetland forest patches. Microclimate data will be used to simulate a range of altered future-climate conditions, and their departure (if any) from current predictions based on output from popular models of behavior and severity along a range of forest-patch sizes. The study may help managers to ensure that ecological function and habitat value are conserved in the face of changing fire ecology of seasonally-dry wetlands.

Principal Investigator: Leda N. Kobziar

Agency/Organization: University of Idaho

Branch or Dept: College of Natural Resources

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Brian G. Prindle

University of Florida

Office of Research

Budget Contact

Brian G. Prindle

University of Florida

Office of Research

Co-Principal Investigator

Adam C. Watts

Desert Research Institute

Division of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS)

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network









Big Cypress National Preserve

Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   1683 Government Publication Cypress Mortality Following Wildfires: Information and Recommendations for Fire and Natural Resource Managers
view or print   1684 Government Publication Smoldering Combustion in Organic Soils: Peat and Muck Fires in the Southeastern U.S.
view or print go to website 3275 Journal Article Forest Ecology and Management
view or print   3276 Journal Article Wetlands-Official Scholarly Journal of the Society of Wetland Scientists

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