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Title: Landscape-wildfire interactions in southern Europe: implications for landscape management
Authors: Moreira, Francisco
Viedma, Olga
Arianoutsou, Margarita
Curt, Thomas
Koutsias, Nikos
Rigolot, Eric
Barbati, Anna
Corona, Piermaria
Vaz, Pedro
Xanthopoulos, Gavriil
Mouillot, Florent
Bilgili, Ertugrul
Keywords: Fire hazard;Landscape changes;Land use/land cover changes;Land management;Mediterranean Fire regime;Climate change
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Moreira, F. et al. 2011. Landscape-wildfire interactions in southern Europe: implications for landscape management. "Journal of Environmental Management" 92 : 2389-2402
Every year approximately half a million hectares of land are burned by wildfires in southern Europe,
causing large ecological and socio-economic impacts. Climate and land use changes in the last decades
have increased fire risk and danger. In this paper we review the available scientific knowledge on the
relationships between landscape and wildfires in the Mediterranean region, with a focus on its
application for defining landscape management guidelines and policies that could be adopted in order
to promote landscapes with lower fire hazard. The main findings are that (1) socio-economic drivers
have favoured land cover changes contributing to increasing fire hazard in the last decades, (2) large
wildfires are becoming more frequent, (3) increased fire frequency is promoting homogeneous landscapes
covered by fire-prone shrublands; (4) landscape planning to reduce fuel loads may be successful
only if fire weather conditions are not extreme. The challenges to address these problems and the
policy and landscape management responses that should be adopted are discussed, along with major
knowledge gaps.
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ISSN: 0301-4907
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2011.06.028
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