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Prescribed burning as a tool for the mediterranean region - a mangement approach

Objective



FIRE TORCH project constitutes a new and logical step in prescribed burning research, essential to expand and consolidate its use in Europe.
This two year long project has four general objectives:

- To identify and analyze the opportunities for prescribed fire development;
- to model prescribed burning environmental effects and operational know-how;
- to conceive and develop a Decision Support System focusing the different stages of a burning operation: prescription, execution and evaluation.
- to contribute to the technique diffusion and practitioners training.
The specificity of FIRE TORCH is to associate very tightly experimental and management burns, profiting from past experience and integrating the currently available scientific and technical knowledge on prescribed burning. This implies (i) a process of compiling, completing, synthesizing and organizing information, and (ii) a change in the experiments spatial scale, from the former plot level to the larger operational (management) level.
The basic research component of the project will be focused on two types of knowledge gaps, (i) the replacement of qualitative by quantitative knowledge on the operational issues of planning and evaluation, and (ii) the study of prescribed burning effects when using it at the management scale (soil water infiltration and fertility, wildlife and landscape structure).
The objectives of the project will be attained through different approaches, according to the degree of prescribed burning development in each country of Southern Europe, (i) lack of use, (ii) experimental, sporadic or local utilization, or (iii) extensive and expanding use.

The activities will be developed in experimental tasks (T1, T2, T3, T4, T5), modeling tasks (T5, T6, T7) and validation tasks (T7). The tasks T2, T3 and T7 will ensure the overall project coherence.

The project is multidisciplinary (forest researchers and managers, biologists, ecologists and computer scientists) and will regroup teams from Portugal, France, Spain. Italy and Greece.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DE TRAS-OS-MONTES E ALTO DOURO
Address
Quinta De Prados
5000-911 Vila Real
Portugal

Participants (10)

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
Address
Avenue Claude Daunesse Cnrs Ura 1374
06565 Valbonne
Agricultural University of Athens
Greece
Address
75,Iera Odos 75
11855 Athens
Association Espaces Forestiers Méditerranéens
France
Address
Les Plaines De Lambert
83670 Fox-amphoux
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
France
Address
Avenue De Fontaulé 1
66651 Banyuls Sur Mer
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France
Address
20,Avenue Antonio Vivaldi 20
84000 Avignon
Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agraria Portugal
Portugal
Address
2,Rua Do Borja
1300 Lisboa
Transformaciones Agrarias S.A.
Spain
Address
28-31,28-31
15890 Santiago De Compostela
UNIVERSIDAD DE LLEIDA
Spain
Address
44,Avda Rovira Roure 191
25198 Lleida
UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DELLA BASILICATA
Italy
Address
Via Nazario Sauro 85
85100 Potenza
Xunta Galicia
Spain
Address
Km 4,Carretera De Marin Km 4
36080 Pontevedra