Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Biogeosciences, 13, 389–398, 2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 389–398, 2016

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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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (13 Dec 2015) by Anja Rammig
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (18 Dec 2015)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (21 Dec 2015) by Anja Rammig
Short summary
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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