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Module 3 - Biological mechanisms

The understanding of the biological mechanisms involved in the various aspects of fire is an important and necessary contribution to the development of models and tools in integrated wildland fire management as proposed in Fire Paradox. However the biological mechanisms involved are of different nature, requiring different approaches and operating at different spatial and temporal scales. By means of four work packages, this Module  investigates the factors that affect fuel moisture, fire ignition and initial propagation (WP3.1), and the response of trees to wildfires and prescribed fires (WP3.2). It develops models to predict fuel succession (WP3.3) and a method to describe fuel types from remote sensing data (WP3.4). The description and modelling of the vegetation (structure and moisture content) as a fuel provides input data for the fire model developed in Module 2. Results of this Module 3 are applicable to the area of fire management by providing new predictive models to support the decision-making processes of potential users in the different stages of fire management.