Environmetrics Wildland Fires Special Issue

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 12 September 2014

The latest issue of Environmetrics is a Special Issue dedicated to wildland fires, an important ecosystem process with potentially devastating impact on forest resources, human health and the economy. At the same time, wildland fires are a necessary part of the cycle of many ecosystems, reducing fuel, stimulating new growth and improving habitats for wildlife.

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Presenting a collection of papers by statistical scientists from Canada, Europe and the USA, the issue tackles some of the problems concerned with characterising wildland fires and wildland fire risk. The problems discussed range from the issue of predicting wildfire occurrences at a global level, and understanding fire spread at the individual fire or flame level, to forecasting the risk of the interactive effects of climate change and human development patterns on residential property.

Guest Editor, Haiganoush Preisler (USDA Forest Service) told Statistics Views that the papers reveal the need for further research. In particular, the need for assessing goodness-of-fit of process-based fire growth models and quantifying uncertainties for future fire risks when the latter are based on climate and growth scenarios.

Special Issue articles include:
Wildfire risk estimation in the Mediterranean area
A A Ager, H K Preisler, B Arca, D Spano and M Salis

Country-level analysis of the impact of temperature and population increases on California wildfire data
M Baltar, J E Keeley and F P Shoenberg

Dionysus: a stochastic fire growth scenario generator
L Han and W J Braun

Burning issues: statistical analyses of global fire data to inform assessments of environmental change
M A Krawchuk and M A Moritz

Check out Wiley Online Library for the complete issue.

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