Using fire and erosion tools to predict wildfire risk and sediment yield

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Forests deliver a number of ecosystem services, including clean water. When forests are disturbed by wildfire, the timing and quantity of runoff can be altered, and water quality can be severely degraded. A modeling study for the 5500 km2 Mokelumne River Watershed in California was conducted to determine the risk of wildfire and the associated potential sediment yield from forest hillslopes following a wildfire - and to calculate the potential reduction in sediment yield that might result from fuel reduction treatments.

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© 2013 American Geophysical Union

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AGU Chapman Conference 2013