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dc.contributor.authorPastor Ferrer, Elsa
dc.contributor.authorOliveras Menor, Immaculada
dc.contributor.authorUrquiaga-Flores, Erickson
dc.contributor.authorQuintano Loayza, Jose Antonio
dc.contributor.authorManta Nolasco, Maria Isabel
dc.contributor.authorPlanas Cuchi, Eulàlia
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Química
dc.identifier.citationPastor, E., Oiveras M., I., Urquiaga-Flores, E., Quintano, J., Manta, M.I., Planas, E. A new method for performing smouldering combustion field experiments in peatlands and rich-organic soils. "International journal of wildland fire", 8 Desembre 2017, vol. 26, núm. 12, p. 1040-1052.
dc.description.abstractSmouldering ground fires have severe environmental implications. Their main effects are the release of large amounts of carbon to the atmosphere with loses of organic soil and its biota. Quantitative data on the behaviour of smouldering wildfires are very scarce and are needed to understand its ecological effects, to validate fuel consumption and smouldering propagation models and to develop danger-rating systems. We present, for the first time, a methodology for conducting smouldering experiments in field conditions. This method provides key data to investigate smouldering combustion dynamics, acquire fire behaviour metrics and obtain indicators for ecological effects of smouldering fires. It is to be applied in all types of undisturbed soils. The experimental protocol is based on a non-electric ignition source and the monitoring system relies on combining both point and surface specific temperature measurements. The methodology has been developed and applied by means of large series of replicate experiments in highly organic soils at the forest–grassland treeline of the Peruvian Andes. The soil tested exhibited weak ignition conditions. However, transition to oxidation phase was observed, with smouldering combustion during 9¿h at 15-cm depth and residence times at temperatures above dehydration of ~22¿h.
dc.format.extent13 p.
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria química
dc.subject.lcshInfrared imaging
dc.subject.othercarbon emission
dc.subject.othercharcoal combustion
dc.subject.otherground fires
dc.subject.otherinfrared imagery
dc.subject.otherPeruvian Andes
dc.subject.otherthermal damage
dc.titleA new method for performing smouldering combustion field experiments in peatlands and rich-organic soils
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. CERTEC - Centre d'Estudis del Risc Tecnològic
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer Reviewed
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
upcommons.citation.authorPastor, E.; Oiveras M., I.; Urquiaga-Flores, E.; Quintano, J.; Manta, M.I.; Planas, E.
upcommons.citation.publicationNameInternational journal of wildland fire

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