Vegetation Cover and Species Richness after Recurrent Forest Fires in the Eastern Mediterranean Ecosystem of Mount Carmel, Israel. Tessler, N.; Wittenberg, L.; and Greenbaum, N.
Vegetation Cover and Species Richness after Recurrent Forest Fires in the Eastern Mediterranean Ecosystem of Mount Carmel, Israel [link]Paper  doi  abstract   bibtex   
[Highlights] [::] Vegetation cover changes after recurrent fires, and serve as a good indicator of fire influence. [::] In most fire-damaged areas dominant cover was composed from shrubs and dwarf-shrubs. [::] Tree cover was severely damaged after recurrent fires, and showed drastic decrease. [::] Species richness increased mainly in the first decade after the recurrent fires, and decreased when the forest canopy began to close. [::] Fire recurrence with short intervals (4-6 years) may lower the rehabilitated processes of the ecosystem and change its equilibrium. [Abstract] Fire is a common disturbance in Mediterranean ecosystems, and can have a destructive, influential, and even essential, effect on vegetation and wildlife. In recent decades there has been a general increase in the number of fires in the Mediterranean Basin, including in Mount Carmel, Israel. The effects of recurrent forest fires on vegetation cover and species richness were determined in the spring of 2009 and 2010 by field surveys. The results of this study showed that the vegetation cover changes after recurrent forest fires, and can serve as a good indicator of the influence of fire and the resulting ecosystem rehabilitation. The dominant cover in most fire-damaged areas was composed of shrubs and dwarf-shrubs, especially Cistus salviifolius and Calicotome villosa. Tree cover was severely damaged after recurrent fires, and in those areas there was a drastic decrease of the total plant cover. Species richness increased mainly in the first decade after the recurrent fires, and decreased when the forest canopy began to close. Fire recurrence with short intervals (4-6 years) between fires may lower the rehabilitated processes of the ecosystem and change its equilibrium.
@article{tesslerVegetationCoverSpecies2016,
  title = {Vegetation Cover and Species Richness after Recurrent Forest Fires in the {{Eastern Mediterranean}} Ecosystem of {{Mount Carmel}}, {{Israel}}},
  author = {Tessler, Naama and Wittenberg, Lea and Greenbaum, Noam},
  date = {2016-02},
  journaltitle = {Science of The Total Environment},
  issn = {0048-9697},
  doi = {10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.02.113},
  url = {https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.02.113},
  abstract = {[Highlights]

[::] Vegetation cover changes after recurrent fires, and serve as a good indicator of fire influence. [::] In most fire-damaged areas dominant cover was composed from shrubs and dwarf-shrubs. [::] Tree cover was severely damaged after recurrent fires, and showed drastic decrease. [::] Species richness increased mainly in the first decade after the recurrent fires, and decreased when the forest canopy began to close. [::] Fire recurrence with short intervals (4-6 years) may lower the rehabilitated processes of the ecosystem and change its equilibrium.

[Abstract]

Fire is a common disturbance in Mediterranean ecosystems, and can have a destructive, influential, and even essential, effect on vegetation and wildlife. In recent decades there has been a general increase in the number of fires in the Mediterranean Basin, including in Mount Carmel, Israel. The effects of recurrent forest fires on vegetation cover and species richness were determined in the spring of 2009 and 2010 by field surveys. The results of this study showed that the vegetation cover changes after recurrent forest fires, and can serve as a good indicator of the influence of fire and the resulting ecosystem rehabilitation. The dominant cover in most fire-damaged areas was composed of shrubs and dwarf-shrubs, especially Cistus salviifolius and Calicotome villosa. Tree cover was severely damaged after recurrent fires, and in those areas there was a drastic decrease of the total plant cover. Species richness increased mainly in the first decade after the recurrent fires, and decreased when the forest canopy began to close. Fire recurrence with short intervals (4-6 years) between fires may lower the rehabilitated processes of the ecosystem and change its equilibrium.},
  keywords = {*imported-from-citeulike-INRMM,~INRMM-MiD:c-14068793,~to-add-doi-URL,biodiversity,disasters,disturbances,diversity,forest-resources,israel,mediterranean-region,postfire-recovery,species-richness,wildfires}
}
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