Fire severity impacts on winter snowpack: Research Brief

Fire is a strong driver of changes in montane forest structure in California’s Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade mountain ranges, which provide much of the snowpack and associated water storage for the state of California. This paper investigates how fire can influence snowpack and water storage. 

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Stevens, Jens T. 2017. Scale-dependent effects of post-fire canopy cover on snowpack depth in montane coniferous forests. Ecological Applications in press

This research was funded by the Joint Fire Science Program's Graduate Research Innovation award (GRIN). Click here for more information on the GRIN program >