Periodic Reporting for period 1 - GRADIENT (Understanding fire, weather and land cover interactions from long-term terrestrial observations and satellite data in a north to south transect in Europe and North Africa)
Reporting period: 2016-07-01 to 2017-09-30
Differences in bio-geographical characteristics provided by the four selected study areas, located on a large geographical gradient covering two continents gave the opportunity to document the role of fire in different biomes, to explore cross-scale issues and assess how fire-weather-LULC interactions vary across different scales, especially under a climate change context. GRADIENT project consisted of three topics that correspond mainly to three different scales. The specific objectives were: (i) the identification of trends, patterns and relationships between forest fires, weather, land cover and socio-economic variables from long-term observations, (ii) the reconstruction of recent fire history and the assessment of burning patterns and fire selectivity on an annual basis from satellite images, and (iii) the exploration of post-fire vegetation dynamics and recovery for selected large fire events using time series satellite images.