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Foundation of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon

Short name
FFCUL
Web
http://www.fc.ul.pt/fcul_eng/

Country
Portugal
Role
1) Mapping large fire scars and assigning dates to them. 2) Vegetation recovery after large fires events. 3) Classification of typical weather patterns leading to fires. 4) Assessment of impact on fire regimes of background spring conditions versus summer heat wave events. 5) Fitting extreme distributions to fire sizes. Work will be done in: WP 1.1, WP 1.2, WP 2.2, WP 3.2, WP 4.1
Work packages
Members
Experience
FFCUL has been deeply involved since the early 1990s in European projects related with the Mediterranean basin. R. Trigo and C. DaCamara participated in MEDALUS I and MEDALUS II, two projects focused on desertification and drought monitoring, extreme impacts and climate change scenarios. Since 2006 R. Trigo sits in the Steering Committee of MedCLIVAR (Mediterranean Climate Variability and Predictability), an ESF funded Programme. Additionally he participates (PI) in the FP6 project CIRCE (Climate Change and Impact Research: the Mediterranean Environment). Since early 2008 he has been involved in the COST Action 733 on “Harmonisation and Applications of Weather Types Classifications for European Regions”. Since its beginning in 1999, FFCUL has been involved in the Satellite Application Facility for Land Surface Analysis (LSA SAF), an R&D and operational project sponsored by EUMETSAT. From 1998 to 2005, C DaCamara was Scientific Coordinator of the LSA SAF; he is currently responsible for the development of two fire-related products; Risk of Fire Management and Fire Detection and Monitoring. C. DaCamara was Vice-President of the Portuguese Meteorological Service (2003-2004) and was part of the "Advisory Committee for Space" of the European Commission for the FP6 and of EUMETSAT's MSG Biosphere Working Group (MBWG).
Brief description of the legal entity
The work will be performed by the Geophysical Centre (CGUL) of the University of Lisbon (FFCUL), a research group established in 1976 that covers the fields of Solid Earth Physics, Meteorology and Natural Hazards. Currently there are 35 Researchers (with PhD) working in FFCUL and a similar number of post-graduates students. The scientific output of FFCUL has been rated as Excellent by an international panel.

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