May 1, 2016
The effects of climate change and extreme wildfire events on runoff erosion over a mountain watershed
Journal of Hydrology
- Models the effects of climate change and extreme wildfire activity on erosion in the intermountain West if the United States
- Nests a hillslope-scale erosion model into a macroscale hydrologic model
- Finds that wildfire exacerbates the impacts of climate change on the hydrograph shape
- States that climate change may exacerbate the impacts of extreme wildfires on sediment yield
- Concludes by stating, "The combined effects of climate change and a possible continuation of increasing fire frequency and severity will compound excess sediment issues that already exist in this region of the intermountain West."