Project properties

Title Litter and fire risk: new technologies
Group Soil Physics and Land Management group
Project type thesis
Credits 36
Supervisor(s) Main supervisor: dr Cathelijne Stoof
Second supervisor: dr Martine van der Ploeg, ing. Harm Gooren
Examiner(s) Cathelijne Stoof
Contact info Cathelijne Stoof
Begin date 2022/01/03
End date
Description Leaf litter is the forgotten layer between soils and forestry, despite its strong importance for fire risk and fire impact. Yet standard methodologies to measure soil physical properties are not readily applicable to litter because of its looseness and poor sensor contact.
In this project you will develop new technologies to measure litter physical properties: thermal conductivity, heat capacity, water retention and/or unsaturated hydraulic conductivity. With technical support, you may design laboratory and/or field experiments based on exploratory modelling, focusing on litter and possibly peat. Your results will directly be used in research on characterization of litter (and peat) in the field and assessment of related risks and protection of soils to fire.
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