, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 408-416

Modeling organic matter dynamics in conifer-broadleaf forests in different site types upon fires: A computational experiment

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Abstract

The effect of forest fires differing in intensity on organic matter dynamics in forest soils has been assessed in different types of forest sites using the EFIMOD system of models. Differences between the patterns of organic matter dynamics according to scenarios of forest ecosystem development under normal conditions and upon forest fires have been analyzed. Recovery rates of soil organic matter pools after fires depend on their intensity and frequency. The most profound changes take place upon high-intensity crown fires, which may even result in ecosystem destruction.

Original Russian Text © A.S. Komarov, T.S. Kubasova, 2007, published in Izvestiya Akademii Nauk, Seriya Biologicheskaya, 2007, No. 4, pp. 490–500.