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19-20 September 2024, Milan, Italy

The 13th EARSeL Forest Fires Special Interest Group Workshop

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Wildfires are attracting significant attention from both the public and the local managers for their increasing impacts on the biosphere. In the recent years, we have witnessed a large number of extreme fire events all around the globe: Hawaii, California, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, that have significant impacts on both the environment and humans.
The EARSeL Forest Fires Special Interest Group (FF SIG) was created in 1995 and fosters interaction among scientists and managers who are interested in using remotely sensed data and techniques to improve the traditional methods for fire monitoring. 
The Special Interest Group is chaired by Dr. Daniela Stroppiana from the Italian National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, CNR), Italy, who welcomes scientists, researchers, managers, experts, sponsors interested in the thematic field of fires to the FF SIG Workshop.

Conference overview

The Forest Fire workshop is a bi-annual appointment that gathers together scientists and managers in the field of wildfire monitoring and specifically addressing the use of Earth Observation data.

The workshop is organized over two days with plenary oral and poster sessions. Contributions in either of the two forms are more than welcome. All submitted abstracts will undergo revision by the scientific committee.

Workshop topics

Earth Observation (EO) regional and global algorithms and products
Multi-scale and multi-sensor approach for fire monitoring and mapping
Integration of SAR & Optical data
Burned areas, active fires, fire radiative power, burn severity
Fire risk, fire danger
Modelling and assessment of fire and climate relationship (impacts on the atmosphere, fire emissions, impacts of climate change on fire regimes, fuel consumption)
Modelling and monitoring fuel characteristics and conditions
Post-fire monitoring of vegetation regrowth and vegetation regeneration
Validation and accuracy assessment of EO products

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  • European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)
  • Daniela Stroppiana (CNR IREA, Italy)
  • Pietro Alessandro Brivio (CNR IREA, Italy)
  • Gloria Bordogna (CNR IREA, Italy)
  • Mirco Boschetti (CNR IREA, Italy)
  • Paola Carrara (CNR IREA, Italy)
  • Simone Lella (CNR IREA, Italy)
  • Luigi Boschetti (University of Idaho, USA)
  • Rosa Lasaponara (CNR IMAA, Italy)
  • Nicola Afflitto (CNR IMAA, Italy)
  • Clément Albergel (ESA, UK)
  • Bachisio Arca (CNR IBE, Italy)
  • Davide Ascoli (University of Turin, Italy)
  • Valentina Bacciu (CNR IBE, Italy)
  • Sergey Bartalev (Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)
  • Enrico Borgogno Mondino (University of Turin, Italy)
  • Pietro Ceccato (JRC, Italy)
  • David Chaparro (DLR, Germany)
  • Emilio Chuvieco (Universidad de Alcala, Spain)
  • Pierpaolo Duce (CNR IBE, Italy)
  • Federico Filipponi (CNR IGAG, Italy)
  • Davide Fornacca (Dali University, China)
  • Magi Franquesa (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científcas, Spain)
  • Ioannis Gitas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Amin Khairoun (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain)
  • Nikos Koutsias (University of Patras, Greece)
  • Riccardo Lanari (CNR IREA, Italy)
  • Florent Mouillot (CEFE/CNRS, France)
  • Patricia Oliva (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain)
  • Grazia Pellizzaro (CNR IBE, Italy)
  • Antonio Pepe (CNR IREA, Italy)
  • Antonello Provenzale (CNR IGG, Italy)
  • Michele Salis (CNR IBE, Italy)
  • João Neves Silva (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Kevin Tansey (University of Leicester, UK)
  • Debora Voltolina (CNR, Italy)
  • Marta Yebra (Australian National University, Australia)

Abstracts shall be submitted via the online conference system ConfTool between 1st February to 31st March 2024.

Step 1: You create your user account without payment, or you re-use your former user account from another EARSeL event. Then you can proceed with theabstract submission.

Following the reviewing phase, go to: 

Step 2 (not yet possible): Complete your registration as a participant, which forms an order liable to pay costs. Following registration, your personal invoice is available for download and printing.

During the abstract submission process, you will be asked to select topic(s). Then the presentation format needs to be chosen, and all authors, titles, and at least one keyword (up to five keywords possible) must be entered. The abstract text is to be directly filled into the abstract templateThe filled template needs to be uploaded!

We are looking forward to your abstracts! Please be aware that the number of submissions is limited to two (2) per submitting author (a single author can submit maximum two abstracts, but she/he can be co-author of contributions submitted by other authors)

All accepted contributions of registered authors will be published in a digital book of abstracts before the workshop (early September 2024). For further information please contact Gloria Bordogna (

Registration to the Workshop should be done with the conference management system ConfTool (follow the link).

Access as registered user with user name and password (Registered users) or create user account (Register new)

Complete registration as a workshop participant, which leads to an order liable to pay costs (an invoice is available for download and printing).

Registration will open in May 2024!!

Early registration fees (by 15 July 2024)
Non-members EARSeL 390
Members EARSeL 280
Y.Sc. (<32 years old) non-members EARSeL 200
Y.Sc. (<32 years old) Members EARSeL 150
Full registration fees (after 15 July 2024)
Non-members EARSeL 495
Members EARSeL 340
Y.Sc. (<32 years old) non-members EARSeL 280
Y.Sc. (<32 years old) non-members EARSeL 210
Dinner social event (19 September 2024)
Participants/Accompanying person 55
Y.Sc. (<32 years old) 30

Registration fee does not include dinner social event (to be paid separately)

Registration fee includes: coffee breaks, lunch catering, wifi connection

A special issue will be set up. News soon here.

Keynote speakers

Full Professor at the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, and Land, of the School of Agriculture (ISA), University of Lisbon, where he teaches fire ecology and management, and environmental remote sensing. He leads the Forest Research Centre. His research focuses on pyrogeography, remote sensing of fire, fire risk mapping, and anthropogenic vegetation burning.

Research Associate Professor, Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland. Research interests include remote sensing of active fires and burned area, global fire emissions, and satellite direct broadcast applications.

Preliminary program of the workshop will be available after the reviewing phase of auhtors’ contribution (after 01 June 2024)

  • Travel: We encourage participants to travel by train to Milan whenever possible
  • Public Transport: Milan presents a public transportation network consisting of buses, metros, and trams that we can use during the workshop 
  • Walking could be a transportation options to explore the city
  • Car: If you can’t avoid travelling by car, consider offering a lift
  • We will use reusable and/or compostable cups and encourage participants to bring their own multi-use coffee mugs for their coffee(s) to go
  • We will make use of local caterers for lunch and coffee breaks. Food served at the venue will include vegetarian options, be mostly seasonal, and, wherever possible, come from regional sources
  • We base our decisions for catering partners also on their efforts to reduce packaging waste to a minimum
  • We will provide most programs and resources through digital materials
  • Name badges will consist of 100% FSC or recycled paper, printed with water colours
  • There will be no welcome gift bags, sorry!

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Gloria Bordogna ( of the Organizing Committee


Workshop chair person and local organizer: Dr. Daniela Stroppiana:
EARSeL Head Office: