Journal of Forestry Research

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 331–334 | Cite as

Effects of fire disturbance on forest hydrology

  • Yao Shu-ren


Fire is quite a common natural phenomenon closely related to forest hydrology in forest ecosystem. The influence of fire on water is indirectly manifested in that the post fire changes of vegetation, ground cover, soil and environment affect water cycle, water quality and aquatic lives. The effect varies depending upon fire severity and frequency. Light wildland fires or prescribed burnings do not affect hydrology regime significantly but frequent burnings or intense fires can cause changes in hydrology regime similar to that caused clear cutting.


Forest fire Forest hydrology Water cycle Flow Water quality 

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S762 S716 

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  • Yao Shu-ren
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  1. 1.Nanjing Forestry Policy CollegeNanjingP.R. China

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