EGU22-13453, updated on 28 Mar 2022
EGU General Assembly 2022
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Soil carbon pools in forested areas affected by fires after the application of restoration measures

Eugenia Gimeno-García1, Ester Carbó1, Ricardo Ruiz-Peinado2, Eduardo López Senespleda2, Stephanie Jalabert3, Philippe Chéry3, Thomas Pétillon3, Francisco Castro Rego4, Inês Marques Duarte4, and Victoria Lerma-Arce5
Eugenia Gimeno-García et al.
  • 1Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación-CIDE (CSIC, UV, GV), Spain (
  • 2Centro de Investigación Forestal, INIA-CSIC, Spain
  • 3Bordeaux Science Agro, UMR 5805 EPOC, Gradignan, France
  • 4Centre for Applied Ecology “Professor Baeta Neves” (CEABN), Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • 5Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (ITACA), Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Wildfires can promote changes in soil organic carbon pools (SOCp) mainly as consequence of the input of ashes and charred materials from the scorched vegetation; and/or the removal of litter layer and organic matter from the upper soil centimetres affected by high temperatures. Moreover, post-fire management practices can also cause changes in the different forms of organic carbon in the soil (from the most labile to the most recalcitrant).

In the REMAS project, a methodology to study the different SOCp is proposed to assess the effects of the application of different management post-fire practices over the burned areas: (1) cut and remove burned trunks, (2) shrub clearing letting the masticated debris on the soil carried out 6-8 years after the fires and, (3) no intervention treatment. The SOCp analysed include hot-water extractable C, particulate organic C, associated to the mineral fraction and total organic C. The study areas include diverse forest ecosystems from France (Pinus pinaster Ait.), Portugal (Quercus suber L.) and Spain (Pinus halepensis Mill.and Pinus sylvestris L.). Results show variable effects of the management practices on the different organic C pools, mainly over the most labile ones.

Acknowledgements: The REMAS project SOE3/P4/E0954 is co-financed by the Interreg Sudoe Program through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

How to cite: Gimeno-García, E., Carbó, E., Ruiz-Peinado, R., López Senespleda, E., Jalabert, S., Chéry, P., Pétillon, T., Castro Rego, F., Marques Duarte, I., and Lerma-Arce, V.: Soil carbon pools in forested areas affected by fires after the application of restoration measures, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-13453,, 2022.