Friday, December 11, 2015

Wildfires Increasing Soil Erosion in the West

Fire near Finger Rock, Catalina Mountains, August 2015.  Photo:  Kevin Raubenolt, Arizona Public Media

A Flagstaff-led study predicts wildfires will dramatically increase soil erosion in the American West.  The study predicted two-thirds of watersheds will see at least a 10 percent increase in erosion by 2050. A quarter of watersheds will see a 100 percent increase. 
Scientists expect climate change to bring larger and more frequent wildfires to the western U.S. This study is the first to compare those predictions with models for soil erosion.  Listen to the full interview here


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