Welcome to the Fire Intuition site
What is Fire Intuition? Fire Intuition is the information management platform for the Fire Paradox project.
The objectives of the platform are to create an information and data superstore for the Fire Paradox partners and other stakeholders so as to:
- transfer knowledge;
- provide access to metadata and information/data generated during the Fire Paradox project;
- provide access to products developed by the partners;
- allow end-users to not only download data but also to analyse them.
We named it Fire Intuition because:
Intuition is an immediate form of knowledge in which the knower is directly acquainted with the object of knowledge. Intuition differs from all forms of mediated knowledge, which generally involve conceptualizing the object of knowledge by means of rational/analytical thought processes (and, hence, placing a mediating idea or concept between the knower and the known).
The core components of Fire Intuition are:
- Dendro - a tool to compile metadata and upload data and other resources;
- Central data repository;
- Metadata search and data download facility;
- Integrated Fire Paradox Products.
Fire Paradox project
The Fire Paradox project (FP6-018505) ran from 2007-2010.
Wildfires are a major problem for many European societies threatening human lives and property with disastrous impacts particularly at the wildland-urban interface (WUI). On the other hand humans always used fire as a tool to regulate nature and traditional use of fire is known in many regions of Europe. The understanding of this paradox is thus essential for finding solutions for integrated wildland fire management.
This concept requires considering the various aspects of fire, from its use as a planned management practice (prescribed fire) to the initiation and propagation of unplanned fires (wildfires) and to the use of fire in fighting wildfires (suppression fire). Prescribed or suppression fires will therefore set the limits for wildfires by controlling their spatial extent, intensity and impacts. This is the main approach adopted aiming at the creation of the scientific and technological bases for new practices and policies under integrated wildland fire management and in the development of strategies for its implementation in Europe. Three major domains of related activities were considered: research, development and dissemination.
In research, the project will focus on understanding the mechanisms and modelling the processes associated with fire, from physics to biology and social sciences. Experimental and sampling methods will be used.
The scientific and technical knowledge gathered will allow the development of a technological platform that will integrate the fire model, the temporal and spatial variability of fuels and weather, and the potential ecological and social-economical impacts. Documentation and demonstration platforms will also be extensively used for dissemination, focusing on the development of strategies for public awareness, academic and professional training using new communication technologies and networks, and for the implementation of new practices, policies and regulations under the concept of integrated wildland fire management.