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Fire Management in Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites and other Protected Areas

 
 
 

Project background

World Heritage Sites and other protected areas can be classified with regards to vulnerability, adaptation or dependence on fire. Until now there is limited to none systematic assessment of the negative role of fire, i.e., the threats or already existing degradation / destruction by wildfires, or the positive role of fire in maintaining and stabilizing World Heritage Sites and other protected areas globally; or a requirement of a fire management component.

Therefore the objective of this project is to satisfy, (a) the demand for information on the State of Fire Management in Heritage Sites, and (b) to develop a model to analyse the spatial variation of fire risk in a pilot area, the Mt. Athos area, Greece.

The methodology to be applied is : to use (a) high-resolution satellite imagery, ground truth fuel sampling methods to identify the vegetation characteristics with regards to wildfire hazard (i.e., fuel inventory) and (b) landscape fire behaviour simulations to estimate fine scale burn probabilities, fire effects, and fire sizes under different weather and burn conditions.

This approach will offer a model of wildfire risk assessment and will incorporate landscape effects of large wildfire spread. The results will reveal spatial variation in fire risk factors that is useful in prioritizing fuel treatments and guiding other wildfire risk management activities in Mt. Athos peninsula.

Most significant achievements

Global Fire Monitoring Center - Germany :

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Global Fire Monitoring Center - Germany



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