Navigation Links
Climate change to increase forest fire danger in Europe
Date:9/8/2014

Climate change is expected to bring increased temperatures and longer droughtsconditions that will make forests more susceptible to fires.

By 2090, the area burned by forest fires in the European Union could increase by 200% because of climate change, according to a new study published in the journal Regional Environmental Change. However, preventive fires could keep that increase to below 50%, the study shows. Improved firefighting response could provide additional protection against forest fires.

The study was the first to examine adaptation to forest fire danger on a pan-European scale. IIASA researchers, together with colleagues from the Joint Research Centre (JRC), worked with national forest representatives in EU countries and the EU Expert Group on Forest Fires to understand fire prevention options and their impacts. While there are many potential options for forest fire management, the researchers focused on two adaptation strategies identified together with the expert stakeholders: prescribed burns and fire suppression.

"There is still a big debate on the effectiveness of prescribed burning as a forest fire management tool. This study shows that it can be a promising option to protect European forests from the impacts of climate change," says IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management Program Research Scholar Nikolay Khabarov, who led the study.

Fire is a natural part of the ecology of many forests, but when fires get out of control they can burn huge areas and spread to neighboring homes and settlements. Prescribed burns help prevent these major fires by removing dead wood from forests.

The study also examined the potential of better firefighting to additionally help decrease burned areas. However, no study has yet managed to quantify the cost and benefit of such efforts at a continental scale.

"European forests are vital reservoirs for wildlife, for biodiversity, and for our own enjoyment and well-being," says Khabarov, "We need to find ways to protect them."

The researchers note that in Europe, over 95% of all forest fires are caused by humans, including negligence when smoking cigarettes, using campfires and other open fires that are not put out properly, and even arson. "In more populous areas, the chance of occurrence of forest fires rises dramatically," says IIASA researcher Andrey Krasovskii, a study co-author. "We could prevent many of these fires simply by being more responsible."


'/>"/>

Contact: Katherine Leitzell
leitzell@iiasa.ac.at
43-223-680-7316
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. New study will help protect vulnerable birds from impacts of climate change
2. EU-funded study underlines importance of Congo Basin for global climate and biodiversity
3. UNH researchers find African farmers need better climate change data to improve farming practices
4. Fielding questions about climate change
5. Glacier-fed river systems threatened by climate change
6. Beating famine: Sustainable food security through land regeneration in a changing climate
7. Energy requirements make Antarctic fur seal pups vulnerable to climate change
8. Why spring is blooming marvelous (and climate change makes it earlier)
9. Carnegies Greg Asner named Energy/Climate Fellow by US State Department
10. Declines in Caribbean coral reefs pre-date damage resulting from climate change
11. Some corals like it hot: Heat stress may help coral reefs survive climate change
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/21/2020)... ... May 21, 2020 , ... Agility Orthopedics, home ... Greater Boston area, is pleased to announce a partnership with Dallas-based Simple Interact ... practices in the area, Agility Orthopedics is focused on speeding up patient workflows ...
(Date:5/14/2020)... ... May 13, 2020 , ... DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences ... the lactose-free dairy market. This unique product allows for process optimization and cost ... competitive costs across North America. , Among the numerous benefits Bonlacta™ offers, it ...
(Date:5/6/2020)... Mass. (PRWEB) , ... May 06, 2020 , ... ... a privately held medical technology company dedicated to improving the quality, safety, efficacy and ... partnership that will help SCDAA deliver on its mission and meet its goals. In ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/26/2020)... ... 26, 2020 , ... Brilliant , the leading smart home control and ... openers, announce a new integration to bring more convenience, simplicity, and security to the ... Aladdin Connect® can now be controlled from Brilliant’s in-wall touchscreen control panels and mobile ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... ... May 19, 2020 , ... Eaton Square is pleased to announce ... and Company, a biotechnology and medical technology-focused strategy and M&A advisory firm. , This ... United States, linking US and Asia Pacific healthcare innovators with capital and investors. , ...
(Date:5/15/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... May 14, 2020 , ... ... to undergo multiple open heart surgeries before becoming adults. The reason: ... , To address this critical unmet need, the Department of Defense has awarded ...
(Date:5/14/2020)... Del. (PRWEB) , ... May 12, 2020 , ... ... of Interdisp JCS as the new distribution partner for all personal care ingredients ... DuPont GENENCARE®OSMS portfolio and DuPont preservative portfolio for personal care. , The ...
Breaking Biology Technology: