Fostering Post-Wildfire Research

AGU Chapman Conference on Synthesizing Empirical Results to Improve Predictions of Post-Wildfire Runoff and Erosion Response; Estes Park, Colorado, 25–31 August 2013



Post-wildfire research is challenging because wildfires frequently burn in complex mountainous terrain, and responses are frequently driven by additionally complex mesoscale (on the order of 1 to 10,000 square kilometers), spatially and temporally variable rainfall. Thus, responses are highly variable spatially and transient in nature, producing shallow, unsteady overland flow on hillslopes (1 centimeter or less) and unsteady, non-uniform flow in channels.