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Advances and gaps in understanding, predicting and preventing hydrological and erosional risks in fire-affected watersheds. (co-organized)
Convener: Jonay Neris  | Co-Conveners: Stefan Doerr , Gary Sheridan 
 / Tue, 25 Apr, 08:30–12:15
 / Attendance Tue, 25 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Over the past decades the impact of fire on the hydrological and erosional response of watersheds and its mitigation in the post-fire period have received much attention by the scientific community. This has led to substantial advances in understanding the complex processes that drive watershed behaviour. However, are we also much closer to the objectives of predicting watershed responses and mitigate its effects on ecosystems and society?
This session aims to bring together the scientific and management communities in order to highlight and evaluate important advances and the current scientific and management gaps regarding processes, methods, models and products to understand, predict and mitigate the impacts on soil hydrology and erosive response. The session will comprise a series of keynotes summarizing the state-of-the-art in relevant sub disciplines and regions followed by specific research presentation. Special attention will be given to new lines of research to better understand principal watershed processes, new assessment methodologies, advances in models to predict and anticipate risks in the post-fire period and innovative intervention methods for mitigating the environmental impacts and risks to population and infrastructures.