Forest fires

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) and in Chania (2017). 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 Prof. Ioannis Gitas from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Burned area mapping, Peloponnese, Greece

Burned area mapping, Peloponnese, Greece

World fire density (2000-2009)

World fire density (2000-2009)

Workshops

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.

  • 12th EARSeL Forest Fire Special Interest Group Workshop,
    Rome, Italy. October 3 – 5, 2019
  • 11th EARSeL Forest Fire SIG WS – New Trends in Forest Fire Research Incorporating Big Data and Climate Change Modelling,
    Chania, Greece, September 25-27, 2017
  • 10th EARSeL Forest Fire SIG Workshop – Sensors, Multi-Sensor Integration, Large Volumes: New Opportunities And Challenges In Forest Fire Research,
    Limassol, Cyprus, November 2-5, 2015
  • 9th EARSeL Forest Fire SIG Workshop – Quantifying the Environmental Impact of Forest Fires,
    Leicester, UK, October 15-17, 2013
  • 8th EARSeL Forest Fire SIG Workshop – Advances in RS and GIS – Applications in Forest Fire Management,
    Stresa, Italy, October 20-21, 2011
  • 7th EARSeL Forest Fire SIG WS – Advances in RS and GIS applications in Forest Fire Management – Towards an operational use of Remote Sensing in forest Fire Management,
    Matera, Italy, September 2-5, 2009
  • 6th EARSeL Forest Fire SIG WS – Advances in RS and GIS applications in Forest Fire,
    Thessaloniki, Greece, September 27-29, 2007
  • 5th EARSeL Forest Fire SIG WS – Remote Sensing and GIS Applications to Forest Management: fire effects assessment,
    Zaragoza, Spain, June 16-18, 2005
  • 4th EARSeL Forest Fire SIG WS – Remote Sensing and GIS Applications to Forest Management: Innovative concepts and methods in Fire Danger Estimation,
    Ghent, Belgium, June 5-7, 2003
  • 3rd EARSeL Forest Fire SIG WS – Remote Sensing and GIS Applications to Forest Management: New methods and sensors,
    Paris, France, May 17-18, 2001
  • 2nd EARSeL Forest Fire SIG WS,
    Luso, Portugal, November 21, 1998
  • 1st EARSeL Forest Fire SIG WS – Remote Sensing and GIS Applications to Forest Management,
    Alcalá de Henares, Spain, September 7-9, 1995

 

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