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FUME Training Courses

1st course – FOREST FIRES IN THE PERSPECTIVE OF GLOBAL CHANGE-Zaragoza (Spain), 13-17 February 2012

2nd course – MANAGING FOREST FIRES TO FACE CLIMATE AND SOCIOECONOMIC CHANGE-Zaragoza (Spain), June 2013 (final dates to be agreed)

Objectives:

The aim of FUMEi-courses is to offer the most updated knowledge on the interactions between climate change and other relevant factors for forest fires, such as land-use/land cover change, and socio-economic change, on fire risk and fire regimes in general, and their consequences on ecosystems and the services they provide. On the basis of this knowledge, strategies for adaptation in ai framework of ongoing and forthcoming changes will be discussed, considering fire prevention and fire fighting, post-fire restoration, socio-economic implications and likely changes in policies.

Changes in fire risk and fire regime will be analyzed through the study of recent fires, focusing on the Mediterranean Basin, and through the projection of climate change and other relevant drivers for fire. This includes using global and regional projections of future climate, together with models for projecting socio-economic change. Particular emphasis will be placed on the impacts of climate and weather extremes (e.g. droughts and heat waves) that could have ai most relevant impact on fires. Ai selection of case studies, based on recent large fire episodes in the Mediterranean or elsewhere, will be essential for illustrating the lessons learned from these episodes.

The courses will be intended for researchers and professionals from public administrations, research centres or universities, and consulting services already involved in forest fire issues.

The first FUMEi-course will be targeted to researchers, including PhD or Master students, dealing with forest fires and climate/social change interactions. The second FUMEi-course will be more focused towards practical applications, and fire managers or practitioners will be the preferred public. The emphasis will be set towards evaluating current fire fighting strategies in ai framework of climate change adaptation

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