Study of four decades of fire manipulation on woody vegetation structure in savanna, Kruger National Park

The amount of carbon stored in savannas represents a significant uncertainty in global carbon budgets, primarily because fire causes actual biomass to differ from potential biomass. We analyzed the structural response of woody plants to long-term experimental burning in savannas. The experiment uses a randomized block design to examine fire exclusion and the season and frequency of burn in 192 7-ha experimental plots located in four different savanna ecosystems.

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Field Value
Geographic coverage
Geographic description Sites within Kruger National Park
Bounding coordinates
North: -23.25
West: 31.63
East: 31.66
South: -24.13
Temporal coverage
Time period
Begin: 1956
End: 1957
Time period
Begin: 1996
End: 1999
Taxonomic coverage
Genus Acacia
Species nigrescens
Genus Colophospermum
Species mopane
Genus Combretum
Species nigrescens
Genus Terminalia
Species sericea
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Last Updated December 17, 2020, 15:21 (UTC)
Created December 17, 2020, 15:21 (UTC)

Responsible parties

Organization affiliations
Kruger National Park, South Africa


Name Higgins
Organization affiliations
Goethe University Frankfurt

Altenhoefer Allee 1
Frankfurt / Main 60438

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