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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

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Project "GRADIENT" data sheet

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Coordinator
EIDGENOSSICHEN FORSCHUNGSANSTALT FUR WALD SCHNEE UND LANDSCHAFT 

Organization address
address: ZUERCHERSTRASSE 111
city: BIRMENSDORF
postcode: 8903
website: www.wsl.ch

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Project website https://www.wsl.ch/en/projects/fire-weather-and-land-cover-interactions.html
 Total cost 117˙137 €
 EC max contribution 117˙137 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-07-01   to  2017-09-30

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1    EIDGENOSSICHEN FORSCHUNGSANSTALT FUR WALD SCHNEE UND LANDSCHAFT CH (BIRMENSDORF) coordinator 117˙137.00

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 Project objective

Long-term historical fire records extending back to the late 1800s are very rare worldwide. Three such long-term historical fire data have been found for this research proposal; (i) Switzerland, central Europe (1900-2014), (ii) Greece, south Europe (1897-2014), and (iii) Algeria, north Africa (1870-2014) which together with the spatial-explicit reconstruction of recent fire history from Landsat satellite images (1984-2016), give a unique and excellent opportunity to understand fire, weather and land use/land cover (LULC) interactions in a north to south transect. Differences in bio-geographical characteristics provided by the three study areas, located on a large geographical gradient covering two continents give the opportunity to document the role of fires in different biomes, to explore cross-scale issues and assess how fire-weather-LULC relationships vary across different scales, especially under a climate change context. This research proposal consists of three topics that correspond mainly to three different scales. The specific objectives are: (i) the identification of trends, patterns and relationships between forest fires, weather, LULC and socio-economic parameters 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 patterns for selected large fire events using time series satellite images. Those objectives will contribute to the better understanding of fire, weather and land cover interactions, and will therefore provide knowledge for fire and land cover management practices, especially under a climate change context. Understanding of post-fire vegetation dynamics and recovery will help the mitigation of short and long-term consequences of fire occurrence. The knowledge acquired from the past will help to understand current processes and project them to future.

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