Post of the month 09/2020: FIRElinks activities in Turkey

by TurgayDindaroglu and Tugrul Yakupoglu, WG3

Dr. Turgay Dindaroglu has been working as Associate Professor on different research projects and teaching activities related to forest and soil ecology at Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University (Turkey) since 2002. He now focuses on forest ecosystem management after fire, where quality principles are evaluated within the scope of soil functions. Fires in forest ecosystems are one of the important causes of succession. After the fire, the ecosystem begins to repair itself depending on the severity of the fire. The self-reclamation capacity of the ecosystem is also closely related to ecological sensitivity classes. For example, in terms of ecological sensitivity; it has been determined that in areas where soil quality, climate change, vegetation status and management are vulnerable, according to the results, the burned area suffered from low severity ground wildfire has substantially been naturally rehabilitated itself within three years (Dindaroglu and Turan, 2018). The oral presentation titled “Transformation of Some Soil Characteristics Affected by Low Severity Ground Wildfire Occurring in Mediterranean Forest Ecosystem Has Low Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI)” published in the International Soil Congress 2019 book.

After high severity forest fires, soil reclamation processes are longer and more costly. Therefore, engineering and technologies are needed to shorten the restoration processes. For this reason, it is necessary to combine remote sensing systems with field surveys and transfer them to restoration planning. Increasing of natural resilience capacity of the natural ecosystems is one of the final goals of post-fire management strategy. Our team’s next challenge is to reveal ecological relationships that can contribute to reclamation processes after a wildfire.

Dr. Tugrul Yakupoglu has been working as Associate Professor at Yozgat Bozok University in Turkey. Since the basis of his work is sustainable agriculture and conservation of natural resources, his projects are subject to soil erosion, rainfall simulation, sediment connectivity under natural rainfall and soil quality (Yakupoglu et al., 2019; Yakupoglu et al., 2020). Regarding FIRElinks, a notification titled “Stubble burning which may be the cause of wildfires and related legal regulations in Turkey” was prepared by Yakupoglu et al. This notification was published in the abstract book of the international GEO ECO-ECO AGRO conference. This work is now being turned into a review paper by its authors. In the future, Yakupoglu, who is also a member of the Industrial Hemp Research Group, will focus his work on areas where cannabis is burned for legal reasons and stubble burned fields in Central Anatolia.

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