WG3: Fire effects on soil

  • July 9, 2019

Fire effects on soils will work on the soil physical, chemical and biological changes in the soil. The impact on biogeochemical cycles and in particular the role of soil organic matter for greenhouse gas mitigation and as nutrient feedstock will be evaluated. In Europe and beyond, well- stablished groups are working on processes like water repellency and the combustion of organic matter, but also on changes in the soil properties and soil quality and the role as C sink. The group will focus further on these processes by aiming towards understanding these processes on larger spatial and temporal scales. The Working Group will collaborate with WG4 on upscaling the processes from the point and plot scale, but the novelty of the COST Action will lie in the connection of soil processes to fire dynamics (WG1) and vegetation interactions with fire and soil (WG2).