Wildfire effects on soil quality: application on a suburban area of West Attica (Greece).

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From: Geosciences Journal(Vol. 25, Issue 2)
Publisher: Springer
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 368 words

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Keywords: soil; DTPA-extraction; trace elements; factor analysis Abstract On the occasion of the July 2018 wildfire in the West Attica region (Kineta area, Geraneia Mountain) this study aimed to the assessment of soil quality in Kineta area and the effect of fire on soil properties and the bioavailable forms of copper (Cu), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn) and zinc (Zn), which is a topic poorly documented. Topsoil (0--5 cm depth) and subsoil (5--25 cm depth) samples were collected from burned sites and unburned control sites two months after the wildfire event. The area is mainly covered by pine trees (Pinus halepensis). Statistical analysis and Geographical Information System (GIS) database elaboration proved successful tools for this research. The type of methodology applied in this study consists of Diethylene-Triamine-Penta-Ace-tic acid (DTPA) chemical extraction, pH, Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), Electric Conductivity (EC) and soil organic matter (OM) evaluation, factor analysis, GIS database and comparison of soil parameters with quality standards and levels given from the literature. Results of this study indicated that wildfires significantly (p Author Affiliation: (1) Department of Civil Engineering, Laboratory of Geoenvironmental Science and Environmental Quality Assurance, University of West Attica, 250 Thivon & P. Ralli Str, 12244, Athens, Greece (2) Department of Civil Engineering, Laboratory of Urban Planning and Architecture, University of West Attica, 250 Thivon & P. Ralli Str, 12244, Athens, Greece (a) d.alexakis@uniwa.gr Article History: Registration Date: 06/03/2020 Received Date: 08/09/2019 Accepted Date: 01/28/2020 Online Date: 06/04/2020 Byline: Dimitrios Alexakis (corresponding author) (1, a), Ioannis Kokmotos (1), Dimitra Gamvroula (1), George Varelidis (2)

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A654818580