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Hydrological impact of forest fires and climate change in a Mediterranean basin

Publication Year

2013

Author(s)
  • Versini, P. -A.
  • Velasco, M.
  • Cabello, A.
  • Sempere-Torres, D.
Source
NATURAL HAZARDS Volume: 66 Issue: 2 Pages: 609-628 Published: 2013
ISSN
0921-030X
Abstract

Forest fire can modify and accelerate the hydrological response of Mediterranean basins submitted to intense rainfall: during the years following a fire, the effects on the hydrological response may be similar to those produced by the growth of impervious areas. Moreover, climate change and global warming in Mediterranean areas can imply consequences on both flash flood and fire hazards, by amplifying these phenomena. Based on historical events and post-fire experience, a methodology to interpret the impacts of forest fire in terms of rainfall-runoff model parameters has been proposed. It allows to estimate the consequences of forest fire at the watershed scale depending on the considered burned area. In a second stage, the combined effect of forest fire and climate change has been analysed to map the future risk of forest fire and their consequence on flood occurrence. This study has been conducted on the Llobregat river basin (Spain), a catchment of approximately 5,000 km(2) frequently affected by flash floods and forest fires. The results show that forest fire can modify the hydrological response at the watershed scale when the burned area is significant. Moreover, it has been shown that climate change may increase the occurrence of both hazards, and hence, more frequent severe flash floods may appear.

Author Keyword(s)
  • Forest fire
  • Climate change
  • Hydrological impacts
  • Risk assessment
KeyWord(s) Plus
  • WATER REPELLENCY
  • FLASH-FLOOD
  • RUNOFF
  • MODEL
  • CATCHMENT
  • WILDFIRE
  • DANGER
  • AREAS
  • SPAIN
  • PRECIPITATION
ESI Discipline(s)
  • Engineering
  • Environment/Ecology
  • Geosciences
Web of Science Category(ies)
  • Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
  • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
  • Water Resources
Adress(es)

[Versini, P. -A.] CSTB LEESU, F-77455 Marne La Vallee, France; [Versini, P. -A.; Sempere-Torres, D.] CRAHI UPC, Barcelona 08034, Spain; [Velasco, M.; Cabello, A.] Water Technol Ctr, CETaqua, Cornella De Llobregat 08940, Spain

Reprint Adress

Versini, PA (reprint author), CSTB LEESU, 6-8 Ave Blaise Pascal,Champs Sur Marne, F-77455 Marne La Vallee, France.

Country(ies)
  • France
  • Spain
CNRS - Adress(es)
    Accession Number
    WOS:000315166100025
    uid:/MQF8MB82
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