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Projects related to forest fires

Management and prediction

FireNiche: A statistical risk-assessment tool

In a bid to overcome the limitations of isolated forest-fire indices, WSL has developed a tool that combines index values and meteorological data with statistical enquiries in forest-fire databases, such as the Swissfire database.

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Swissfire: Forest fire database of Switzerland

Swissfire is the new forest fire database of Switzerland, which has been developed in a joint effort by WSL and FOEN (Federal Office for the Environment). Now all information on forest fires is being collected in one central data base, which is an optimal tool for forest fire management.

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FireLess II

FireLess II is an innovative wireless sensor network developed by EnvEve SA and WSL in collaboration with the University of Turin allowing the acquisition of real time data for monitoring fuel parameters such as litter and humus moisture in specific forest stands.

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ALP FFIRS ALPine Forest FIre waRning System

The project aims to improve forest fire prevention under a changing climate in the Alpine Space, by creating a shared warning system based on weather conditions. The fire regime at any given location is the result of complex interactions between fuels, social issues, topography, ignitions and weather conditions. The analysis of fires frequency and distribution will allow to model forest fire danger in the alpine region.

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Fire regimes and forest dynamics: a study of spatio-temporal ecosystem processes in the Valais (Switzerland) using historical ecology and modeling
Fire regimes and forest dynamics

In many regions of the world, fires are a major driver of vegetation development. Understanding the various factors that are crucial for shaping the current fire regime requires a multi-faceted approach. In this project, the scientists analyze the past, present, and future fire regimes of a region that is likely to become more fire-prone in the future, the Canton of Valais.

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Ecological consequences

Ecological resilience after fire – the forest fire patch of Leuk as a natural experiment
Ecological resilience after fire

How fast do plant species recolonise the burned soils after forest fires, and which factors facilitate or inhibit tree regeneration? In this project we monitor re-vegetation with respect to vascular plants and mosses along an elevational gradient ranging from 900 to 2100 m asl. Results will be used to derive management strategies in relation to forest fires.

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Mycorrhiza - a key factor for tree recruitment after forest fire?
Mycorrhiza and forest fire

In this project, we aim to investigate 1) to what extent diversity of mycorrhizal fungi is diminished by forest fire, and 2) whether this has consequences for performance of Pinus sylvestris seedlings.

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Arthropod recolonization after wildfire (Leuk VS)
Wild fire and insects

In 2003 some 300 ha of forest on the hillside above Leuk burnt down. Along a horizontal gradient from within-forest to the center of the fire area and along an altitudinal gradient from 1200 to 1700 m a.s.l. we investigate the process of colonization by insects and the succession of the taxonomic and functional groups.

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