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Quantifying Post-Fire Sediment Erosion in the Montiferru Area (Sardinia, Italy): Preliminary Results †

National Research Council, Institute of BioEconomy (CNR-IBE), 07100 Sassari, Italy
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Presented at the Third International Conference on Fire Behavior and Risk, Sardinia, Italy, 3–6 May 2022.
Environ. Sci. Proc. 2022, 17(1), 82;
Published: 16 August 2022
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of The Third International Conference on Fire Behavior and Risk)


A number of works are highlighting the increasing size and severity of large wildfires in the Mediterranean Basin, with cascading effects on post-fire erosion. Direct measurements of post-fire soil erosion, particularly in remote and complex terrain, are time-consuming and expensive and are further challenged by the risk of sudden and intense rainstorms following wildfires at the end of the fire season. In this work, we will present the preliminary results of the post-fire erosion measurements carried out in the Montiferru area (Sardinia, Italy), which was affected by a 13,000 ha wildfire at the end of July 2021. Six sediment fence sites were established a few weeks after the wildfire and prior to rain events in the study area. The fences allowed us to monitor post-fire sediment erosion on two hillslopes, the first mainly characterized by Quercus ilex and Erica arborea (plots 1–3), the second by Arbutus unedo and Quercus ilex (plots 4–6). Each sediment fence, constructed of geotextile silt fence fabric, covered an area of 30 m2 (10 m × 3 m), and was installed on uniform slopes. For both hillslopes, fences were installed adjacent to one another across the tilted terrain. The results obtained during the first months of monitoring will be discussed while considering soil and rainfall characteristics in the study area, slope, and pre- and post-fire vegetation.

Author Contributions

Conceptualization, A.C., B.A., A.V. and M.S.; methodology, A.C., B.A., A.V. and G.P.; validation, A.V., G.P., A.A. and L.F.; formal analysis, A.C., A.V. and B.A.; investigation, A.C., A.V., B.A., V.B., P.D. and M.S.; resources, A.A., P.M., R.F., L.F., S.A. and P.Z.; writing—original draft preparation, A.C. and G.P.; writing—review and editing, B.A, V.B. and M.S.; supervision, P.D.; project administration, P.D.; funding acquisition, P.D. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.


This work was funded by “MED-Star” (grant No. E88H19000120007), “Med-Foreste” (grant No. B85I1900010007) and “Med-Coopfire” (grant No. B81I1900010007) projects, supported by the European Union under the cross-border Programma Italia-Francia Marittimo 2014–2020, and the “FOE2019—Climate Change: risk mitigation for sustainable development” (Ministerial Decree No. 856/19) project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).

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Canu, A.; Ventura, A.; Arca, B.; Pellizzaro, G.; Bacciu, V.; Arca, A.; Masia, P.; Ferrara, R.; Fadda, L.; Arrizza, S.; et al. Quantifying Post-Fire Sediment Erosion in the Montiferru Area (Sardinia, Italy): Preliminary Results. Environ. Sci. Proc. 2022, 17, 82.

AMA Style

Canu A, Ventura A, Arca B, Pellizzaro G, Bacciu V, Arca A, Masia P, Ferrara R, Fadda L, Arrizza S, et al. Quantifying Post-Fire Sediment Erosion in the Montiferru Area (Sardinia, Italy): Preliminary Results. Environmental Sciences Proceedings. 2022; 17(1):82.

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Canu, Annalisa, Andrea Ventura, Bachisio Arca, Grazia Pellizzaro, Valentina Bacciu, Angelo Arca, Pierpaolo Masia, Roberto Ferrara, Leonarda Fadda, Stefano Arrizza, and et al. 2022. "Quantifying Post-Fire Sediment Erosion in the Montiferru Area (Sardinia, Italy): Preliminary Results" Environmental Sciences Proceedings 17, no. 1: 82.

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