Wildfire is a global phenomenon responsible in each summer for tremendous environmental, social and economic losses. In the last two years, many lives were lost during the fires occurred in Portugal, Greece and California. The conjunction of land abandonment, long drought periods, flammable monocultures, lack of forest management and urban development planning, resulted in an unprecedented destruction. This phenomenon have become a persistent threat worldwide, and this risk may increase in the future due to the combination of future fire-prone climate, together with the recent trends of afforestation, land abandonment and fire suppression.
A reflection focused in these variables is essential to understand the recurrence of these extreme fires, and the consequent fatalities that occurred in Portugal, California and Greece. These high-severity mega-fires have also an important impact on the environment as a result of the reduction of vegetation cover and high volatilization of nutrients. Despite the fact that several ecosystems such as the Mediterranean have a high resilience to fires, the high wildfire recurrence is reducing their capacity for recuperation, contributing importantly to land degradation.
The aim of this session is to join researchers that study fire effects on the ecosystems, from prevention to suppression, wildfire modelling, climate change impacts on fire and post-wildfire impacts, either by means of laboratory, field experiments, or numerical modelling. It is time for scientists to join their strengths to give accurate answers to prevent and mitigate the effects of wildfires.

Co-organized as GM7.11/HS11.68/NH7.6
Convener: Diana Vieira | Co-conveners: Paulo Pereira, Kajar Köster, Jantiene Baartman, Miriam Muñoz-Rojas
| Tue, 09 Apr, 08:30–10:15
Room -2.32
| Attendance Tue, 09 Apr, 10:45–12:30
Hall X1

Attendance time: Tuesday, 9 April 2019, 10:45–12:30 | Hall X1

Chairperson: Paulo Pereira
Wildfire and Humans
Hall X1
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Silas Michaelides, Yiannis Proestos, Theodoros Christoudias, Panos Hadjinicolaou, Katiana Constantinidou, and Filippos Tymvios
X1.329 |
Arthur Chan, Lukas Kohl, Meng Meng, Joan de Vera, Bridget Birgquist, Colin A. Cooke, Sarah Hustins, Brian Jackson, and Chung-Wai Chow
X1.330 |
Eirini-Spyridoula Stanota, Spyridon Mavroulis, Michalis Diakakis, Marilia Gogou, Evelina Kotsi, Nafsika-Ioanna Spyrou, Emmanuel Andreadakis, Efthymios Lekkas, and Panayotis Carydis
X1.331 |
Marcos Rodrigues, Sergi Costafreda-Aumedes, Carles Comas, and Cristina Vega-García
X1.332 |
Rui Salgado, Maksim Iakunin, Flavio Couto, and Jean-Pierre Pinty
Predicting hydrological and erosive response
X1.333 |
Estimation of soil erosion susceptibility with RUSLE2 model. Application to the ravine basin “La Fuente de los Perros” (Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain)
Carmen Merino Zamora and Margarita Roldán Soriano
X1.334 |
Steven van der Wilk, Jantiene Baartman, and Joao Pedro Nunes
X1.335 |
Diana Vieira, Ana R. Lopes, Sofia Corticeiro, Óscar González-Pelayo, Dalila Serpa, and Jacob Keizer
X1.336 |
Marta Basso, Diana Vieira, Tiago Ramos, and Marcos Mateus
Fire induced changes
X1.338 |
Bruno Gianmarco Carrà, Yang Yu, Manuel Esteban Lucas-Borja, and Demetrio Antonio Zema
X1.339 |
Christine Ribeiro Moreira de Assumpção, Kajar Köster, Frank Berninger, and Jukka Pumpanen
X1.340 |
C. Jason Williams, Samantha Vega, Frederick Pierson, Erin Brooks, Peter Robichaud, and Robert Brown
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Jan Jacob Keizer, Alda Vieira, Oscar González-Pelayo, Isabel Campos, Sofia Corticeiro, Ana Rita Lopes, and Diana Vieira