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Biogeosciences, 18, 3243–3261, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-3243-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 3243–3261, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-3243-2021
Research article
01 Jun 2021
Research article | 01 Jun 2021

The impact of wildfire on biogeochemical fluxes and water quality in boreal catchments

Gustaf Granath et al.

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We measured element losses and impacts on water quality following a wildfire in Sweden. We observed the largest carbon and nitrogen losses during the fire and a strong pulse of elements 1–3 months after the fire that showed a fast (weeks) and a slow (months) release from the catchments. Total carbon export through water did not increase post-fire. Overall, we observed a rapid recovery of the biogeochemical cycling of elements within 3 years but still an annual net release of carbon dioxide.
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