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Nutrient losses in eroded sediment after fire in eucalyptus and pine forests in the wet Mediterranean environment of northern Portugal

Thomas, Andrew D. and Walsh, Rory P.D. and Shakesby, Richard A. (1999) Nutrient losses in eroded sediment after fire in eucalyptus and pine forests in the wet Mediterranean environment of northern Portugal. Catena, 36 (4). pp. 283-302. ISSN 0341-8162

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Abstract

Nutrients sorbed onto eroded sediment from small bounded plots installed in newly burned and unburned Eucalyptus globulus and Pinus pinaster forests in the Águeda Basin, north-central Portugal were measured over an 18-month period. The data are used to determine: (i) the effects of fire on nutrient loss, (ii) the importance of fire-induced losses on soil fertility, and (iii) temporal variations in nutrient losses. Fire increased losses of total nitrogen, exchangeable potassium and available phosphorus by 3–4 orders of magnitude. This is attributed to increased erosion and high nutrient concentrations at the soil surface in the burned forests, where burning of organic matter and vegetation increased nutrient availability. Enhanced rates of loss were sustained for at least 3 years, resulting in much greater post-fire nutrient losses than reported in drier regions of the Mediterranean. Losses of available P had the greatest potential for reductions in soil fertility.

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