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Title: The Fire in the Mediterranean Region: A Case Study of Forest Fires in Portugal
Authors: Gonçalves, Ana Cristina
Sousa, Adélia
Editors: Fuerst-Bjelis, Borna
Keywords: Portugal,
burnt area
number of fires
spatial dynamic
temporal dynamic
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: InTech
Citation: Gonçalves, A. C.; Sousa, A. M. O.; 2017. The fire in the Mediterranean region: a case study of forest fires in Portugal. Borna Fuerst-Bjelis (eds). InTech. 305-335 pp. DOI:
Abstract: Forest fires are a common disturbance in many forest systems in the world and in particular in the Mediterranean region. Their origins can be either natural or anthropogenic. The effects in regard to the time trends, vegetation, and soil will be reflected in the species distribution, forest composition, and soil potential productivity. In general, it can be said that the larger the fire and the shorter the time between two consecutive occurrences, the higher the probability to originate shifts in vegetation and soil degradation. In the Mediterranean region, the number of fire ignitions does not reflect the burnt area due to the occurrence of very large fires. The latter occur in a very small proportion of the number of ignitions, but result in very large burnt areas. Also there seems to be an increasing trend toward larger fires in the Mediterranean region due mainly to climatic and land use changes. This case study highlights the importance of vegetation regrowth a short time after the fire to maintain both forest systems and soil conservation.
Type: bookPart
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