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Forest Fire Risk Analysis

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Abstract:

Southern Europe suffers from forest fires. The management of these disasters is of importance to both government authorities and the public. This article presents the results of a research project aimed at modeling forest fire events and producing fire risk maps. The mathematical model is embedded in an ArcView Geographic Information System (GIS) platform. The interface is in Visual C++ 6.0. The thematic and individual risk maps generated are merged into an integrated risk map. The assessment platform (model, GIS, data, decision support) was applied to the area of northern Evia Island, central Greece, using five different scenarios. The platform provides a tool for use by authorities to estimate risks for forest fire management. The model was specifically adapted for the Olympic Games of 2004, Athens, Greece.

Keywords: Evia; GIS; Greece; forest fire; risk analysis; risk map

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10807030590949717

Affiliations: 1: National Technical University of Athens, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Water Resources, Hydraulics and Maritime Engineering, Athens, Greece 2: Epsilon International SA, Marousi, Greece 3: University of Ioannina, Department of Physics, Laboratory of Meteorology, Ioannina, Greece 4: Technical University of Crete, Department of Environmental Engineering, Chania, Greece

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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