Aims and Scope
Fire is an international open-access journal about the science, policy, and technology of vegetation fires and how they interact with communities and the environment. Fire serves as an international forum for diverse scientific and practical knowledge to converge in the interest of promoting more safe, effective, and scientifically driven expertise in the policy, community actions, and operational management of vegetation/landscape fires.
We encourage interdisciplinary submissions from studies that take a pyrogeography perspective of vegetation fires occurring in natural, cultural, and industrial landscapes and how they interact with communities in the science-policy interface. We seek the submission of case studies highlighting significant fire events or examples of governmental or community-based fire management. We also encourage methodological technical notes and data descriptions to enable global cross-comparisons of core science methods, data types, and fires. This journal also encourages submissions related to the historical, policy, and social science aspects of fire science and fire management.
The journal primarily focuses on vegetation fires characterized by external ignition sources (i.e. outside of structures) and their impact on communities and the environment. Structural fire science submissions (e.g., combustion of houses or industrial items) will generally not be considered. However, Fire is interested in submissions that consider the growing challenge of landscape fires occurring in and around the interface between vegetated lands, rural structures, villages and other residential areas including peri-urban areas. Fire is also interested in research focused on vegetation fires arising from transportation sources, power lines, munitions, and other human sources.
Landscape / vegetation fires can range from the laboratory scale to regional wildfire events; articles that examine vegetation fire issues and challenges at the science-policy interface or fires impacting both unmanaged/managed vegetation and habited areas, are encouraged.
Fire is interested in submissions addressing:
- incorporation of fire processes within earth-system, socio-economic, landscape models, and smoke injection/ transport models;
- agricultural fires, wildfires, planned / prescribed fires, and laboratory fires;
- history of fire policy, fire use, and fire impacts;
- governmental and community-based fire and fuels management;
- management of fire at the science-policy interface;
- planning, policy, economics, social, and psychological impacts of fires;
- sociology of fire risk / adaptation and global change vulnerability, adaptation, and mitigation;
- behavioral sciences, decision support tools and risk analysis relating to fire management policy and operational incident management;
- traditional and cultural uses of fire and the role of local and traditional ecological knowledge applied to fire science
- vegetation fire ignition sources, patterns, and projections;
- applied material sciences and engineering linked to exterior combustion properties at the fuel particle to landscape scale;
- applied combustion physics and chemistry including calorimetry, thermochemical reactions, energy apportionment, heat transfer, and ignition characteristics;
- fire behavior and modelling focusing on processes and complex biological, physical, and hydrological systems;
- fire effects on vegetation, soils, hydrology, food, and fiber;
- impact of fires on sensitive or protected environments, refugia, and species diversity;
- impacts of fire on seeds and seedlings, including controlled plant nursery experiments
- soil biogeochemistry, carbon sequestration, and microbial processes;
- paleoecology, dendrochronology, and the role of fire as an ecosystem disturbance variable;
- innovative technology for wildland fire suppression, operational planning, or research methods;
- model parameterization, testing, and validation
- algorithm development and monitoring through the remote sensing of fires with radiometers, unmanned aerial devices, aircraft, and satellite sensors;
- fires on dangerous or contaminated landscapes;
- health impacts associated with management of vegetation fires, such as smoke; and
- pyrogenic emissions and emission estimates.
Fire was founded following discussions with international fire scientists, operational managers, and wildland fire science organizations that include the Global Wildland Fire Network, which is coordinated by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and affiliated with the United Nations’ International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). Although Fire is affiliated with the Global Wildland Fire Network, we welcome and encourage international submissions on the science and management of vegetation fires and global change from any groups and individuals.
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