The Special Interest Group Forest Fires (FF-SIG) was created in 1995, following the initiative of several researchers studying fires in Mediterranean Europe. The group fosters interaction among scientists and managers who are interested in using remotely sensed data and techniques to improve the traditional methods of fire risk estimation, active fire monitoring, and the assessment of forest fire effects. The SIG has promoted eleven workshops and several specialised publications since its foundation, and represents one of the most active groups within EARSeL. The eleven workshops organised by the group, so far, were held in Alcalá de Henares (1995), Luso (1998), Paris (2001), Ghent (2003), Zaragoza (2005), Thessaloniki (2007), Matera (2009), Stresa (2011), Coombe Abbey (2013), Linassol (2015), Chania (2017), Rome (2019) and Alghero (2022). The workshops resulted, so far, in outstanding progress made in forest fire research. Selected papers presented in the technical meetings were included in a number of special issues of scientific journals related to forest fires and remote sensing such as the International Journal of Remote Sensing, the Remote Sensing of Environment, the Journal of Geophysical Research, MDPI Remote Sensing and the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.
In recent years the FF-SIG workshops host the GOFC-GOLD Fire Implementation Team meetings.
The Special Interest Group Forest Fires is chaired by Dr. Daniela Stroppiana from the Italian National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, CNR), Italy.
Next Forest Fire SIG Workshop will be held in 2024.
Wildfires in the Alexandroupolis and Evros regions near the border with Turkey burning in August 2023. Wildfires burned for days in Greece leading to the largest forest fire ever recorded in the European Union by the EFFIS system (European Forest Fire Information System). Images are Sentinel 2A downloaded from the Copernicus Data Space Ecosystem.
A major activity of the SIG is to organise workshops. They form a basis for initiating new networks towards future co-operation in joint projects and other initiatives.
We intend to organize next Forest Fire SIG Workshop in 2024, updated news will be published soon.
Proceedings and publications
Sentinel 2A image over Calabria region, Italy, showing burned area during the 2021 summer season.
Chair: Dr. Daniela Stroppiana
address: Via Alfonso Corti 12, 20133, Milano, Italy
phone: +39 02 23699288