Caring about the future

FIREURISK - Developing a holistic risk-wise strategy for european wildfire management
CESAM Responsible researcher - Ana Isabel Miranda
Programme - Horizon 2020
Execution dates - 2021-04-01 - 2025-03-31 (48 Months)
Funding Entity - EC
Funding for CESAM - 260000 €
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Universidad De Alcala, Spain
Kentro Meleton Asfaleias, Greece
Association Pegase, France
European University Cyprus, Cyprus
Universita Degli Studi Di Roma La Sapienza, Italy
Senckenberg Gesellschaft Fur Naturforschung, Germany
Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany
Rise Research Institutes Of Sweden Ab, Sweden
Universidad de Cordoba, Spain
Meteogrid Sl, Spain
Institute Of Information And Communication Technologies, Bulgaria
Institutul National De Cercetare Dezvoltare In Silvicultura Marin Dracea, Romania
Stichting Vu, Netherlands
Sveuciliste U Splitu, Fakultet Elektrotehnike, Strojarstva I Brodogradnje, Croatia
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, Italy
The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom
Oy Arbonaut Ltd, Finland
Ilmatieteen Laitos, Finland
National Center For Scientific Research "Demokritos", Greece
University of Haifa, Israel
Universite de Versailles Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France
Universidad de Lleida, Spain
Istituto di Sociologia Internazionale Di Gorizia Isig, Italy
Scienseed Sl, Spain
Potsdam Institut Fuer Klimafolgenforschung, Germany
Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis, Greece
Satways, Greece
Gmv Aerospace and Defence SA, Spain
Instituto Portugues do Mar e da Atmosfera, Portugal
Institut De Recherche Pour Le Developpement, France
King's College London, United Kingdom
Swansea University, United Kingdom
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center, Ukraine
Bushfire and Natural Hazards Crc Limited, Australia
The Governors of the University Of Alberta, Canada

Project Description
FIREURISK will develop, evaluate and disseminate a science-based integrated strategy to: 1) expand current wildland fire risk assessment systems, including critical factors of risk previously not covered; 2) produce effective measures to reduce current fire risk conditions, and 3) adapt management strategies to expected future climate and socio-economic changes. This will be achieved in close collaboration between researchers, stakeholders and citizens, integrating novel technologies, guidelines and policy recommendations to improve current systems and practices from regional to EU scales. The project will address all wildfire types, with particular focus on mega-fires, the Wildland Urban Interface and fire challenges in the Northern EU. A risk-centred management strategy will integrate wildfire prevention, suppression and restoration practices and policies in a holistic conceptual framework, and implement an operational platform that supports joint coordination, professional training and operational exercises, involving multiple stakeholders and addressing all relevant wildfire management tasks, to improve protection of citizens exposed to wildfires.
FIREURISK will (a) model socio-economic issues and human activity influencing fire ignition, vulnerability and exposure, (b) evaluate the impact of National and EU policies on land use change, rural economy and development, in context of expected future fire regime changes, and (c) consider potential cascading effects linked to wildfire situations. This will allow FIREURISK to deliver innovative risk-informed regional planning approaches that are effective in increasing the resilience of local communities, ensuring safety and enhancing protection of assets and economic activity. The resulting advances in fire risk reduction will be linked to innovative organisational and efficient business models that promote cost-effective bio-economy and nature-based solutions.

Project webpage

CESAM members on this project
Ana Isabel Miranda
UA coordinator

Carlos Borrego
Joana Ferreira
Sandra Sorte

CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020


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