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Title: Greek Fires European Solidarity /
Language: English
Description: Video illustrating coordination of fire fighting assistance to Greece by other EU members during the 2007 fire season through the Civil Protection mechanism
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Title: World Fire Atlas /
Language: English
Description: The AATSR (Advanced Along Track Scanning Radiometer) World Fire Atlas (WFAA) provides global monthly maps of fires. Since February 2006 the WFAA has been processed in Near Real Time. Monthly maps are available for the current year. Annual maps are available for other years from 1995.
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Title: COST Action FP0701. Post-Fire Forest Management in Southern Europe /
Language: English
Description: Cost Action FP0701, Post-Fire Forest Management in Southern Europe, is a network of researchers and practitioners working in the field of fire ecology and forest management from all around Europe. The action commenced in May 2008 and will continue for four years. The main objective of this Action is to develop and disseminate scientifically-based decision criteria for post-fire management, applicable from stand-level to landscape-level planning. The short-term expected result is to increase the scientific basis for undertaking appropriate post-fire management practices in Southern Europe; the long-term expected result is to improve the effectiveness in restoring burned areas and reduce fire hazard in European forests and landscapes.
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Title: European Mediterranean Disaster Information Network (EU-MEDIN) / EU-MEDIN
Language: English
Description: EU-MEDIN is an initiative of DG Research of the European Commission. The aim of EU-MEDIN is to foster co-ordination among the research and user communities for improved disaster preparedness and early warning, communication and rapid exchange of data and knowledge. EU-MEDIN is a portal to organize the recording of and provide access to the research results of EU-supported projects in the field of natural disasters (forest fires, floods, avalanches etc.). European R&D results and resources can be searched through a metadata database.
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Title: Pacific Forest Forum (PFF) / PFF
Language: EnglishRussian
Description: PFF is a non-governmental organization created by a group of forest specialists. PFF implements: education and training; research work; participation in Russian and international programs and projects; organization of conferences, seminars, meetings both domestic and international; printing of scientific materials, books, articles; field expeditions and experiments; consultation services; information dissemination; capacity building in the Northeast Asia, etc., in the field of forestry, forest fires and forest fire management, and international research collaboration.
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Title: Canadian Forest Service - Forest Fire in Canada /
Language: EnglishFrench
Description: The Forest Fire section of the Canadian Forest Service provides daily fire maps and reports, weekly statistics, historical analysis, news, a fire database, publications, and facts about forest fire. Links to Canadian forest fire management agencies, fire systems, fire education and training, and maps and satellite images are also listed.
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Title: PHOENIX /
Language: EnglishPortuguese
Description: PHOENIX is a regional project centre of the European Forest Institute (EFI). PHOENIX has 18 member institutions from Mediterranean countries. The objectives of the consortium are: (1) to obtain a sound database gathering the state-of-the-art of existing scientific knowledge concerning the fire characteristics of the different forest types and respective species; (2) to develop a set of criteria which can be used to classify forest types in terms of the associated fire hazard and resilience; (3) to define the potential and limitation of the various post-fire management options; (4) to help developing the transfer mechanisms needed between research and its application by end-users. Coordinated by Centro de Ecologia Aplicada Prof. Baeta Neves, a research centre of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Title: Database on Forest Disturbances in Europe (DFDE) /
Language: English
Description: The DFDE database aims at providing historic information about disturbances in the forests of Europe. In this context disturbance is defined rather broadly, namely as the occurrence of an event that causes unforeseen loss of living forest biomass or events that decrease the value or potential value of the wood or forest stand. The majority of disturbances is caused by natural agents, but other human induced impacts like sanitation fellings due to air pollution are also taken into account. Furthermore information about measures to reduce the impact of disturbances, mostly insect pests, were listed , like chemical or biological treatments. The information in this database was collected by means of a literature review, both from scientific papers as well as from grey literature. Each reference to a disturbance event is put in a single record, containing information on year of occurrence, exact date, country, region, district, disturbance type, tree species affected, volume, area, number, percentage, literature reference, underbark/overbark and other comments. Users must register to use DFDE.
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Title: Fundación Centro de Estudios Ambientales del Mediterráneo (CEAM) / Centre for the study of the Mediterranean Environment
Language: EnglishSpanish
Description: CEAM was created in 1991 under the auspices of the Valencian Autonomous Government and Bancaja. It is a Centre of Applied Research. CEAM was created as a response to the need for potentiating research and development in environmental technology in the Mediterranean countries, where applied engineering within very rigid (mono-)discipline structures has traditionally predominated. CEAM was established as a multidiscipline centre and, as such, its research has been concentrated in inter-related thematic areas where it has achieved recognized international expertise. Air Pollution Programme; Pollution Effects Programme (Research into air pollution effects on different plant communities - natural and agricultural - in the Valencia region, with the aim of developing minimisation strategies at various levels); Forest Research Programme (Research and development of new management techniques for Mediterranean conditions, especially in regard to the restoration of forests and shrublands affected by fire and desertification processes); Meteorology and Climatology Programme (Analysis of the mechanisms and meteorological conditions - at synoptic and regional scales - leading to meteorological risk situations on the Spanish east coast, with special emphasis on torrential rains and forest fires).
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Title: FAO/GFMC Wildland Fire Management Terminology /
Language: EnglishFrenchGermanSpanish
Description: Links are provided to a number of glossaries and terminologies related to fire management. A revised version (December 2003) of the 1986 version of the FAO Wildland Fire Management Terminology is available (with English definitions and partial translation to French, Spanish, and German).
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Title: Núcleo de Investigação Científica de Incêndios Florestais (NICIF) / Centre for Forest Fires Scientific Research [Portugal]
Language: EnglishPortuguese
Description: NICIF is a Scientific Unit of the University of Coimbra, and carries out research related to the prevention of and the effects of forest fires. The objectives of NICIF include: investigation of forest fires; education of the public (and particularly young people) concerning the importance of the forest, especially with regard to preservation of forests and the prevention of forest fires.
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Title: Лесные пожары в России / Forest fires in Russia
Language: English
Description: The web-site provides information and analysis about forest fires in Russia - including news, articles, reports on forest fires, forest protection, machinery for forest protection, analytical data and expert opinions on the issue of forest fires.
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Title: Corpo Forestale dello Stato / State Forest Service [Italy]
Language: Italian
Description: This site of the Corpo Forestale dello Stato describes their role, organizational structure, activities, personnel as well as their emergency services. The Corpo Forestale is a police force with civil status, specialized in the protection of the natural and landscape resources and in preventing and restrain crimes against the environment and the food and agricultural compartment. It contributes in maintaining public order and safety, especially in rural and mountain areas. The service is responsible for enforcing civil law in national and regional parks and reserves. They control the application of the CITES Convention on international trade in endangered species. They support the regional services in fighting forest fire and they contribute to civil protection and social security in mountain and rural areas. They participate in monitoring and reporting on the national forest resources (e.g. national forest inventory). The service also contributes to enforce the water protection, hunting and garbage management law. The service is under the direct control of the Italian Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy.
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Title: International Forest Fire News (IFFN) / IFFN
Language: English
Description: IFFN is an extensive biannual newsletter (each issue more than 100 p.). The issues (from 1998) are available from the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) web-pages. Country Notes are articles about forest fires in particular countries. The archive for Country Notes articles is organized by country and goes back to 1990. IFFN is an activity of the Team of Specialists on Forest Fire, of the Joint FAO/ECE/ILO Committee on Forest Technology, Management and Training, and the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC).
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Title: Prevenció d'incendis forestals / Forest Fire Prevention
Language: EnglishSpanish
Description: Information about forest fire prevention in Catalonia. The information is grouped under various headings including: Rural Agencies; Forest defence agencies; Fire risk map; Fire statistics; Authorization to ignite fires; Fire prevention legislation; Campaigns; High fire risk municipalities; System of evaluation of fire risk; Maps.
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Title: Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals (CREAF) / Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications; Centro de Investigación Ecológica y Aplicaciones Forestales
Language: EnglishSpanish
Description: CREAF is an institute dedicated to developing basic and applied research on terrestrial ecology. It is a public consortium established by the Catalan Government, the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the University of Barcelona and the Institute of Catalan Studies (ICE). Major topics covered by CREAF include: Functional ecology of terrestrial ecosystems; Forest dynamics and management; Plant population biology; Ecological effects of global changes; Landscape ecology; Biodiversity and ecological processes; Fire ecology; Soil restoration; Land planning and sustainability. The following services are available via the CREAF webpages: Forest Information System (SIBosC) (Catalan); Land Cover Map (Catalan); Ecological and Forest Inventory (Catalan); search of CREAF publications database.
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Title: Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie - Arbeitsgruppe Feuerökologie / Max-Planck Chemical Institute - Fire Ecology Research Group
Language: English
Description: The website of the Fire Ecology Research Group of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC). The site provides information about the effects of fires on forest ecology, and details of the working group, research, partners, publications, and courses.
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Title: Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya (CTFC) / Forest Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC)
Language: EnglishFrenchSpanish
Description: CTFC is a public consortia formed by the local and regional governments and the University of Lleida. Its mission is in education (courses, practices) and applied research in forests and related issues at the regional and European level. Research priorities include: Silviculture; Forest Management; Forest Fires; Forest Policy; and Wood and other Forest Products.
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Title: Burned Areas in Russia /
Language: English
Description: These data were produced at the Sukachev Institute of Forestry in Krasnoyarsk, using AVHRR satellite data from the receiving station in Krasnoyarsk as well as from the NOAA Satellite Active Archive. Fire activity was detected during the fire season by an algorithm based on determining the probability of a fire from the AVHRR thermal channels, and was enhanced by end-of-season mapping of fire scars. The period covered is from 1996 to 2002.
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Title: Défense des Forêts Contre l'Incendie (DFCI Aquitaine) /
Language: EnglishFrenchSpanish
Description: DFCI Aquitaine is an association pursuant to the French 1901 law that works to reduce the risk of forest fires in the Landes de Gascogne forest in southern France. It coordinates efforts in Landes, Gironde, Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne.
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Title: Fire management - global assessment 2006 /
Language: English
Description: This study compliments the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 (FRA 2005), but presents information on fire in greater depth, including incidence, impact, and management in different regions of the world. The regions include Southeast Europe/Caucasus, Baltic and adjacent countries, and Mediterranean. An extensive bibliography and several annexes are provided, including a glossary.
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Title: Forest Fires Related EU Legislation /
Language: English
Description: Links to the EU legislation concerning forest fires.
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Title: Centro de Ecologia Aplicada Prof. Baeta Neves (CEABN) / Centre for Applied Ecology Prof. Baeta Neves
Language: EnglishPortuguese
Description: CEABN is a research centre within the Institute of Agronomy, Technical University of Lisbon. CEABN is located in the old house of Professor Baeta Neves, a forester after whom the centre is named and who pioneered the issue of Nature Conservation in Portugal. The CEABN team is composed of foresters, biologists and landscape architects most of them specialized in natural resource management. CEABN activities can be divided in 5 working areas that present specific objectives: Biodiversity in Agricultural and Forest Ecosystems; Wildlife Management; Fire Ecology and Management; Ecological Design and Landscape Architecture; Agro-Environment Education and Dissemination of Research Results.
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Title: Global Fire Emissions Database, Version 2 (GFEDv2.1) /
Language: English
Description: This data set consists of 1 degree x 1 degree gridded monthly burned area, fuel loads, combustion completeness, and fire emissions of carbon (C), carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), methane (CH4), non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHC), molecular hydrogen (H2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), nitrous oxide (N2O), particulate matter (PM2.5), total particulate matter (TPM), total carbon (TC), organic carbon (OC), and black carbon (BC) for the time period January 1997 through December 2005. Users must register to access the database. The data can be accessed at - <<http://daac.ornl.gov/cgi-bin/dsviewer.pl?ds_id=849>>.
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Title: Instytut Badawczy Leśnictwa (IBL) / Forest Research Institute [Poland]
Language: EnglishPolish
Description: The Institute consists of thirteen scientific departments and an independent forest fire protection research laboratory that carry out scientific research and developmental work for the benefit of all forests, forest management and forestry needs in the range of forest afforestation and reforestation, tending, utilisation and protection, ecology, genetics, forest economics and policy, and carbon sequestration in Poland. The Institute actively participates in formulating legislation and forest policy of the State, and it undertakes activities for organs of the State. Information about forest activities in Poland, and daily fire danger (April to September) are available via the webpages of the institute. The institute also publishes the quarterly journal 'Leśne Prace Badawcze' (Forest Research Papers)- papers are in Polish with English abstracts.
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Title: NASA Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) /
Language: English
Description: FIRMS provides MODIS hotspot/fire products to natural resource managers around the world in easy to use formats. There are a number of components, including: (1) Web Fire Mapper - an interactive WebGIS system; (2) an email alert service whereby users are informed by email/text message when a hotspot/fire occurs in or near a specified area of interest; (3) data downloads for the latest hotspots/fires; (4) and regional subsets of the MODIS images. Web Fire Mapper is an internet based mapping tool that delivers locations of hotspots/fires in near real time. For selected regions and countries you can view an interactive map showing hotspots/fires for a specified time period, combined with a choice of GIS layers and satellite imagery. In addition to the near real time hotspot/fire maps, Web Fire Mapper provides yearly global animations of monthly hotspots/fires. The global animation is created from monthly subsets to provide a synopsis of the burning pattern. The global animation cycles through an entire year to show the spatial and temporal variation of the burning in different parts of the world. These images help provide an understanding of the global pattern of hotspots/fires. Each hotspot detection represents the center of a 1 km pixel flagged as containing one or more actively burning hotspots/fires within that pixel. The hotspots/fires are detected using data from the MODIS (or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instrument, on board NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites.
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Title: Osservatorio Incendi Boschivi / Forest Fire Observatory
Language: EnglishItalian
Description: The aim of the Forest Fire Observatory is to increase the awareness of and improve knowledge in forest fires by collecting and communicating information on the causes, consequences, prevention and management of forest fire. In order to support environmental protection, the analysis of the national environmental legislation and the evaluation of its application are priority interests of the Observatory. It is also intended to offer the most up-to-date information on forest fires by functioning as a communication point for the topic. The website contains a database reporting national forest fire legislation, forest fire data and documents, and information on the Italian vegetation. The Observatory also collaborates with educational activities.
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Title: Prométhée /
Language: French
Description: Prométhée is a database of forest fires for 15 départements in south-east France. The database covers the period from 1973 to the latest year in which statistics have been published. Annual reports from 1997 are also available.
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Title: Silva Mediterranea /
Language: EnglishFrenchSpanish
Description: Silva mediterranea is a statutory body of FAO that covers the Mediterranean region. The work of the FAO Forestry statutory bodies is a combination of problem identification and policy and technical advice, to FAO, its members and others as appropriate. Membership in Silva Mediterranea is open to all members of the FAO African, European, and Near East Forestry Commissions, whose territories are situated wholly or in part in the Mediterranean basin proper or whose forest, agricultural, or grazing economies are intimately associated with those of the Mediterranean region. As of 2007 there were several working groups on: Forest fires; Cork oak; Land use and sustainable forest management; Future of Silva Mediterranea; Mediterranean conifers.
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Title: UK Vegetation Fire Standard (UKVFS) - Data Fields and Terminology for Wildfire Incidents and Prescribed Burning Operations within Great Britain and Northern Ireland /
Language: English
Description: United Kingdom Vegetation Fire Standard (UKVFS) project is a multi-government agency and organisation approach to delivering vegetation fire (Outdoor fires) reporting. Presently the United Kingdom has limited evidence on the impacts of, and use of, vegetation fire. Many vegetation fires are poorly, if at all, reported and the true impact of these incidents and operations is not fully understood. This has resulted in United Kingdom not being on an equal footing with European and international colleagues in assessing and reporting the scale of wildfire as a policy area. At a national level our systems are limited and uncoordinated. 2. UKVFS provides 111 of data fields covering three data themes; core, impact and improvement. These themes are form from twelve data sections listed below: (1) Core Date - Incident Reference Number, Fire Dates and Times, Fire Location, Fire Size (burnt area in hectares) and Cause; (2) Impact Data - Environmental and Heritage, Access and Social and Economic; (3) Improvement Data Fire Behaviour, Fire Preparedness & Prevention, Fire Response, and Fire Safety. In providing these data fields it also ensures a comprehensive and standardise terminology for vegetation fires. The information can be used by fire, governance and land management sectors across three of the emergency service processes (preparedness, prevention and response).
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Title: UNECE Forest Fire Statistics /
Language: EnglishFrench
Description: Forest Fire Statistics provides statistics on forest fires in the UNECE region, Europe, North America and the countries of the CIS. The data include the number and size of fires by forest types and causes for the period from 1991 to 2001. Previous editions were published under the ECE/TIM series; since 1994 they have been included as part of the Timber Bulletin.
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Title: Авиалесоохрана / Avialesookhrana
Language: EnglishRussian
Description: AviaLesoOkhrana is a Russian state organisation concerned with the monitoring and prevention of forest fires. The site offers access to several topics related to forest fire issues in Russia: wildfire reports, wildfire maps, cloudiness composites and climatic data for registered users.
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Title: D10.1-1a-28 Survey of the existing academic and professional training materials related to forest fire /
Language: English
Description: Wildfires are a major problem for many European societies threatening human lives and property with disastrous impacts particularly at the wildland-urban interface. Furthermore, this issue has changed greatly in recent years and increasingly the reduction of wildfire hazard and the sustainable development of natural and managed ecosystems in Europe require new practices in wildland fire management, such as prescribed burning and suppression fire, together with increasing the public and political awareness through knowledge and technology transfers. This report is aimed to help solving the fire paradox by a better learning and training in the wise use of fire. We have accomplished a detailed survey of the existing academic and professional training materials related to forest fire. This review includes several countries: Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Morocco, Italy, France, Germany, and Chile. We have analyzed the official degrees concerned with wildland fire issues with special emphasis towards medium and higher levels of education (college and universities). This subject is mainly addressed in Forestry majors and related fields (i.e., environmental sciences). Often, the “wise use of fire” topic is only a small part of the wildland fire content. We have also reviewed the education addressing worker levels. This includes vocational education (for young people to get ready for the job market in “vegetation and fire management”) and internal agency education (specifically set up to training employees already in an organization or agency, i.e., firefighter department). The later are mostly short courses taught by vegetation or fire managers within the agency. Companies working for the administration also develop these short courses for their employees. In these wildland fire courses, we seldom find “fire use” as a topic. As a result, we propose a set of actions in order to promote the wise use of fire, to allow more tools (i.e., suppression fire use, prescribed burning use) for both vegetation and fire managers, and simultaneously helping to solve the fire paradox. The main proposals are a) to display, in Fire Intuition site (http://fireintuition.efi.int), the academic education and training programs that are available in the present about Suppression Fire and Fuel management. The objective is to make these informations more accessible to the general public and more specifically to prospective students and professional; b) to study how to set up a comprehensive certification process in fire management and to fire workers’ proficiency. In this way, we can get something alike the “red card” certification in USA and Canada that has helped them enormously in large fire conflagrations. In those situations, many people is involved from very diverse agencies and under a single Incident Commander. c) to promote within many universities and vocational schools the “fire paradox concept”, d) to educate and training in fire science and management, e) to promote the exchange of both instructors and students among universities and vocational schools from different countries or regions. Some are doing fine in this regard already. f). to promote an international master degree in Wildland Fire Management (a so called FireMaster proposal has been launch in this direction already) aimed to train and provide the best professionals (fire managers) ever to address this on going challenge of wildland fire damages and scares. In short we propose to promote the wise use of fire to help towards solving the fire paradox.
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Title: D10.1-2 Metadata developed on the existing academic and professional training material related to forest fire. /
Language: English
Description: The aim of this deliverable is to create a metadata-base of the existing academic and professional training material and courses related to forest fires and to organize them within the consortium of FIRE PARADOX. This deliverable deals with Learning Object Metadata (LOM) creation and manipulation. This metadata would provide a useful tool for different purposes such as the on-line part of a master degree in wildland fire science and management. Learning Object Metadata is a data model encoded in XML, used to describe a learning object and similar digital resources used to support learning. The purpose of learning object metadata is to support the reusability of learning objects, to aid discoverability, and to facilitate their interoperability, usually in the context of online learning management systems. LOM standards define the hierarchy of data elements for learning objects description. At the top level of the hierarchy are nine categories, which are described in details in this deliverable. For each data element, LOM specifies a name, explanation, size, example value, data type, and other key details. The “RELOAD Editor”, a Java application, was selected to create learning object metadata. The installation of the software, the metadata file creation, the metadata entering and the functionalities of this editor are described in this deliverable. Furthermore, the procedure for metadata indexing and storage is illustrated.
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