Grant recipient uses LiDAR to map fire risk in Urbión

José-Ramón González-Olabarria, of the Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia (CTFC), won a Mediterranean Model Forest (MMF) grant to collaborate with colleagues from the Cesefor Foundation, the Polytechnic University of Madrid and the University of Eastern Finland on the fire risk study. The Urbión Model Forest in the region of Pinares de Burgos-Soria, Northern Spain is noted as being the most extensive continuous wooded area on the Iberian peninsula. Typically owned by towns and private landowners, the forest covers some 120,000 hectares and is defined by the production of native Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) which co -exists with others, such as Maritime pine (P. pinaster), common beech (Fagus sylvatica), Austrian pine (P. nigra), Pyrenean oak (Quercus pyrenaica) and Portuguese oak (Quercus faginea).

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The results of the study show maps of fire intensity and probability of fire occurrence, based on the simulation of 500 random ignition points. Analysis was carried out on the spatial relation between the initial state and allocation of forest resources and their risk of fire. The methodology proposed, as well as the results of this research are directly applicable for operational forest planning at landscape level. These results can be seen in the paper, “Mapping fire risk in the Model Forest of Urbión (Spain) based on airborne LiDAR measurements”, published in the Journal Forest Ecology and Management. 

Mr González-Olabarria was one of two recipients of a 2011 MMF grant. MMF grants are awarded to scientists with proposals for research that is expected to make a significant contribution to advancing Mediterranean forest science on one of the topics prioritised in the Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda (MFRA) and which can be applied to a Model Forest. The programme is promoted by the Mediterranean Model Forest Network (MMFN), the Center of Forests and Forest Industry Services and Promotion of Castilla and Léon (CESEFOR) and EFIMED.

Application for 2012 grants are now closed and winners will be announced soon. Watch this space for the new call for proposals for 2013!

More information: José-Ramón González-Olabarria  jr.gonzalez(at)ctfc.es

MMF grants: Sarah Adams, name.surname(at)efi.int

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