A territorial fire vulnerability model for Mediterranean ecosystems in South America
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A forest fire riskmodelwas designed and applied to a South AmericanMediterranean ecosystem, taking into consideration three analysis groups: fire risk; danger of fire spread, or propagation; and damage potential over economic threat values. The study area for development and validation of the modelwas theMediterranean zone of central Chile and employed data fromhistorical records spanning a 14 year period (1997–2010). Territorial data layers, combined with analysis of the statistical database and wildfire simulation have enabled areas of highest vulnerability to be definedwith greater precision, especially in sectors associatedwith the urban–wildland interface (defined as the zone where man-made structures meet wildland). Maps generated by this model have enabled improvements to be made to the traditional mapping of fires currently undertaken in South American countries. The results shown here are applicable to other Mediterranean areas, where modifications are made to the entrance variables in the risk model
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Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID); The Program for Inter-University Cooperation and Scientific Investigation between Spain and Latin America, undertaken by the University of Cordoba, Department of Forestry Engineering; and the University of Chile, Forestry Science and Nature Conservation Faculty. Special recognition should be given to the National Forestry Corporation Fire Management Unit, V Region of Chile.
Quote ItemEcological Informatics 13 (2013) 106–113