Forest fire impacts on soils, water and plants

Forest fire impacts on soils, water and plants

Conveners: Artemi Cerdà and Augustin Merino Garcia

Fire has been part of the Earth System for the last 400 million years and humans are the sole species that controls and manages fire. We have used fire for over a million years, both, as hunter-gatherers managing the landscape with fire, and as farmers using fire as a low-cost, efficient and ecological tool for clearing and maintaining the productivity of land. Fire has been highlighted as the most influential element in the development of human societies. However, fire has also always been a threat to humans, and despite accompanying human evolution, our understanding of fire remains very limited. Forest fires affect soils, water and plants, and this session will focus on the recent advances and new research topics on this topic. It will be relevant in this session to analyse how the fire affect the services, goods, and resources humankind receive from nature, and how to preserve them and achieve sustainability.