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Multivariate analysis of landscape wildfire dynamics in a Mediterranean ecosystem of Greece

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This paper focuses on spatial distribution of long-term fire patterns versus physical and anthropogenic elements of the environment that determine wildfire dynamics in Greece. Logistic regression and correspondence analysis were applied in a spatial database that had been developed and managed within a Geographic Information System. Cartographic fire data were statistically correlated with basic physical and human geography factors (geomorphology, climate, land use and human activities) to estimate the degree of their influence at landscape scale. Land cover types of natural and agricultural vegetation were the most influential factors for explaining landscape wildfire dynamics in conjunction with topography and grazing.

Keywords: GIS; Greece; forest fires; human geography; multivariate statistics; physical geography

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, 81100 Mytilene, Greece, Email: 2: Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, University of Ioannina, 30100 Agrinio, Greece 3: Forest Research Institute, NAGREF, 57006 Vasilika-Thessaloniki, Greece 4: Department of Environmental Studies, University of the Aegean, 81100 Mytilene, Greece

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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