Protocol for wildfire and avalanche risk management in mountain areas

Climate change is posing new multi-hazard situations. One of them is the extension of wildfire risk in mountain areas. This can generate a cascade effect since the fire can destroy the forest cover and the protection function is jeopardized. Should be this a new worry for mountain areas in Europe? Does the knowledge about wildfires and risk management exist or available in those areas? Is it possible to merge in a common risk assessment and planning protocol the fire and avalanche multi-hazard situation?

A practical exercise analysing the physical factors of avalanche and wildfire risk will be developed, taking advantage of the long experience in the matter on avalanche in the Pyrenees and Alps, and about wildfires in the Mediterranean basin. Data analysis will serve to test their integration in a joint spatial risk assessment in terms of data availability, robustness methodologies and replicability, taking into account the climate change impacts. The factors influencing the exposition and vulnerability will be discussed with the aim of deliver operational recommendations to design risk mitigation actions in prevention, preparedness, response and recovery phases, for a joint DRM analysis, to enhance the protection of citizens, infrastructures and environmental services.




European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid
Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia
Pau Costa Foundation
General Directorate of Civil Protection, Government of Catalonia
Forest Research Institute of Baden-Wuerttemberg
CIMA Research Foundation
Austrian Research Centre for Forest, Natural Hazards and Landscape
Institute of Cartography and Geology of Catalonia
Instituto Superior de Agronomia

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