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Fire impacts on the Ecosystems (including SSS Division Outstanding ECS Award Lecture)
Convener: Paulo Pereira  | Co-Conveners: Jorge Mataix-Solera , Xavier Ubeda , Qiang Zeng , Katarina Chrenková , Juan F. Martinez-Murillo , Antonio Jordán , Deng Jun , Manfred W. Wuttke , Bernardo Maestrini 
 / Thu, 27 Apr, 08:30–10:15
 / Attendance Thu, 27 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Fire is essential to the equilibrium of great part of terrestrial ecosystems. It is a natural element, which shaped the global biomes as we know today. In addition, is impossible to extinguish fire from the nature. Since the second half of the last century, the inversion in suppression measures increased the accumulation of biomass, which together with rural abandonment, incorrect forest management and climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of wildfires. For this reason, it is extremely important study the impacts of fire in the ecosystems and how to manage the burned areas. This session aims to understand the impacts of fire from a multidisciplinary point of view, integrating the impacts in ash, soils (e.g. physical, chemical properties and erosion) and vegetation recover, in order to understand their interdependence. Post fire management strategies depend importantly of the severity reached, but also of the political options. The management strategy has a great impact on the capacity of the ecosystems recuperation and reduction of the services provided by these areas. This session accepts communications focused on the fire impacts in the ecosystems and management strategies in post fire environments.
Support: FUEGORED, Spanish Network on Forest Fire Effects on Soils. Post-fire, Soil quality, erosion control and plant cover recovery under different post-fire management scenarios, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness