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Agus Kurniawan, Laura B. Graham and Grahame Applegate
Peat fires on cleared and drained tropical peatlands continue to cause tremendous damage to their ecological functions, such as decreasing the quantity and quality of the peat, forest habitat, hydrology, reduced diversity of flora and fauna as a source of germplasm, and contributes to global warming and reduction in health to local communities. Peat fires are a major occurrence during the dry season and their severity depends on the availability and sizes of surface and sub-surface fuel, water table depth and peat moisture content. Temporal rainfall distribution, quantity and duration is a determining factor for the transition of surface fires to peat fires, especially in the role it plays in the hydrology and moisture conditions of peat and surface fuels. This study will present the effect of rainfall in the dry season and wet dry season on peatland fires and the extent of peat fires that occurred in 2019 and 2020 in Ogan Komering Ilir Regency, South Sumatra. The research was conducted by recording rainfall data, surface and peat fuel and peat fire area data from 2019 to 2020. This research is to clarify how rainfall dynamics affects the incidence and severity of peat fires on degraded tropical peat, which will support Indonesia in its targets to protect and restore tropical peatlands by improved fire management practices.
Conference Presentation, SER2021
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