Wildfires: Perspectives, Issues and Challenges of the 21st Century


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Series: Natural Disaster Research, Prediction and Mitigation
BISAC: NAT023000

The present book intends to outline different approaches regarding wildland fires, showing different perspectives and challenges present in the beginning of the 21st century and emerging in different case studies that reveal how wildfires are being faced in some countries around the world (Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Algeria, Mozambique, Lithuania and Chile). Therefore, this book includes fifteen valuable contributions that reflect its title: Wildfires: Perspectives, Issues and Challenges of the 21st Century.

The first part of this book includes topics that expresses different realities and challenges on wildfire analysis in Europe, South America and Africa, in a total of six chapters.

The second part of this book, entitled “New Perspectives and Methodologies on Wildfire Research”, which is composed of five chapters, is focused on the implementation of recent techniques and methodologies to promote wildfire knowledge and forest management.
The last part is related to recent developments on soils and ashes analysis, and their off-site effects on water quality. It is composed of four chapters where these topics are discussed.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Fire Impacts in European Grassland Ecosystems (pp. 1-28)
Paulo Pereira, Marcos Francos, Xavier Ubeda and Eric C. Brevik

Chapter 2. Are There Mega Fires in Brazilian Savannas? The National Park of Chapada Diamantina Case (Bahia, Brazil) (pp. 29-54)
Washington Franca Rocha, Sarah Moura B. dos Santos, António Bento Gonçalves and Flora Ferreira-Leite

Chapter 3. The Risk of Wildfires in Chile (pp. 55-80)
Miguel E. Castillo-Soto, Rose Marie Garay, Pablo A. García-Chevesich, Volker Radeloff and Pablo A. Espinoza

Chapter 4. The Burnings in Mozambique: Causes, Realities and Management (pp. 81-96)
Gustavo Sobrinho Dgedge

Chapter 5. The Recurrence of Forest Fires in the Gorongosa National Park (Mozambique) (pp. 97-108)
António Vieira, António Bento-Gonçalves, Oleksandr Karasov, Iuliia Burdun, Mário Uacane and Zacarias Ombe

Chapter 6. Urban-Rural Interface Typologies and Wildfire Risk for Vila Real Municipality, Portugal (pp. 109-128)
Daniela Catarina Teixeira Fraga, Álvaro Manuel Vaia Gonçalves dos Santos Ribeiro, and José Tadeu Marques Aranha

Chapter 7. Monitoring Fuel Material, Area and Burn Severity: Their Relationship with a Carbon Cycle by Means of Remote Sensing Data (pp. 129-160)
Gustavo Macedo de Mello Baptista, António José Bento-Gonçalves and António Vieira

Chapter 8. Precision Technologies Help Municipalities in Fire Prevention (pp. 161-184)
Fernando M. Granja-Martins, Helena M. Fernandez, Rui Lança, José Rodrigues and Celestina M. G. Pedras

Chapter 9. Forest Fire Risk Assessment and Cartography in Algeria: A Methodological Approach (pp. 185-200)
Zahira Souidi, Salim Kattar, António Bento-Gonçalves and António Vieira

Chapter 10. Assessing Performance of Post-Fire Hillslope Erosion Control Measures Designed for Different Implementation Scenarios in NE Portugal: Simulations Applying USLE (pp. 201-228)
Tomás de Figueiredo, Felícia Fonseca, Edson Lima, Luciano Fleischfresser and Zumilar Hernandez

Chapter 11. The Use of Prescribed Fire in Portugal as a Tool for Forest Management (pp. 229-236)
Ana C. Meira Castro and João Paulo Meixedo

Chapter 12. Soil Thickness Affected by Fire: Changes in Organic C Content and Related Properties (pp. 237-254)
David Badía-Villas, Clara Martí-Dalmau, Antonio Girona-García, Oriol Ortiz-Perpiñá and José Casanova Gascón

Chapter 13. Wildfire: The Effects on the Mobilisation of Major and Trace Elements in Forest Soils (pp. 255-280)
Isabel Campos, Nelson Abrantes, Jan Jacob Keizer and Patrícia Pereira

Chapter 14. An Assessment of the Toxicity of Ash-Loaded Runoff (pp. 281-300)
Nelson Abrantes, Isabel Campos, Ana Ré and Jan Jacob Keizer

Chapter 15. Temporal Variation of Soils, Ashes and Stream Water Composition and Vegetation Recovery Capacity after Recurrent Wildfires in Marão Mountain, NE Portugal (pp. 301-326)
Maria do Rosário Costa and José Tadeu Marques Aranha

Index (pp. 327)

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