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Forest fire risk and management

The European Commission, DG XII, has recently published the proceedings of a course on "Forest fire risk and management" run by the European School of Climatology and Natural Hazards.

The training of new scientific and technical staff and the development of highly qualified s...
The European Commission, DG XII, has recently published the proceedings of a course on "Forest fire risk and management" run by the European School of Climatology and Natural Hazards.

The training of new scientific and technical staff and the development of highly qualified scientific specialists are of prime concern to the European Commission, which regards them as major requirements for the implementation of a common policy on science and technology.

As part of the Commission's activities to promote scientific and technical training in the area of environmental management, special provision for education and training activities is made within the Community's specific programme of research and technological development in the field of Environment and Climate (1994-1998).

The European School of Climatology and Natural Hazards plays an important role in this area, organizing annual or biannual courses on selected relevant topics. The present proceedings provide an overview of the contents of the course on "Forest fire risk and management", held in Halkidiki, Greece, from 27 May to 4 June 1992.

The book provides a basic introduction to:

- General aspects of forest fires: including the historical evolution of forest fires in Southern European countries, and the socio-economic and legislative aspects of forest fires;

- Fire behaviour: flammability and combustion of Mediterranean type ecosystems and modelling of surface and spot fires;

- Fire management: principles of fire prevention and fire suppression, methods for risk evaluation and decision aid, fire detection and remote sensing techniques and fuel management through prescribed burning;

- Fire effects: in particular fire effects on soil and vegetation, post-fire dynamics and landscape interactions in the Mediterranean ecosystems, and global scale implications of fire.

Papers and abstracts of posters presented by the students who participated in the course are also included.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII

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