Mountain Slopes Protection and Stabilization after Forest Fires in Mediterranean Areas: Research Developed in Mountain Areas in Portugal

António Avelino Batista Vieira, António José Bento Gonçalves, Francisco da Silva Costa, Luís Miguel da Vinha, Flora Carina Ferreira Leite

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Abstract

Fire is an integral part of many ecosystems, and it has served to clear forests throughout time, both for agricultural use and grazing, thus taking on the role of crucial “ecological factor” for the development or regression of forest systems around the world. Taking into consideration that a significant amount of Portuguese forests are located in mountainous areas, their destruction by forest fires contributes to the development of conditions for soil degradation. In the Mediterranean, the role of fires has been particularly relevant due to a combination of very special characteristics that make the Mediterranean ecosystems different from others around the world. The municipality of Terras de Bouro, located in the northwest of Portugal, has been affected continuously by forest fires. Although the implementation of post-fire mitigation treatments undoubtedly promote soil protection from erosion and help vegetation recovery, for some areas it is preferable not to apply any kind of treatment in the burnt areas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpen Channel Hydraulics, River Hydraulic Structures and Fluvial Geomorphology
Subtitle of host publicationFor Engineers, Geomorphologists and Physical Geographers
EditorsArtur Radecki-Pawlik, Stefano Pagliara, Jan Hradecky
Place of PublicationBoca Raton, FL, USA
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Chapter23
Pages452-476
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781498730839
ISBN (Print)9781498730822
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • erosion mitigation techniques
  • Post-fire soil erosion

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