Special Issue "Multi-Source and Multi-System Fire Monitoring Relying on EO Data in Mediterranean Ecosystems"

A special issue of Fire (ISSN 2571-6255).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Daniela Stroppiana
Guest Editor
Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment, Italian National Research Council, (IREA-CNR), 7-00185 Roma, Italy
Interests: monitoring natural ecosystems with Earth observation data; mapping fires and burned areas; fire severity; integration of optical and SAR data for fire monitoring; time series analysis; processing and classification of multi-spectral UAV data; methods and protocols for validation thematic products
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Dr. Mirco Boschetti
Guest Editor
Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment, Italian National Research Council, (IREA-CNR), 7 - 00185 Roma, Italy
Interests: land use and crop mapping; retrieval of biophysical parameters; agro-practices and phenological monitoring from time series analysis; environmental indicator through geographic multisource data integration; precision farming; anomaly detection
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fire is the most important natural threat to forested and wooded regions of the Mediterranean basin. In the last few years, severe fire events hit countries in Southern Europe, for example, in 2017 when large fires in Portugal and Greece caused economic and environmental damage, including loss of lives, infrastructures, and ecosystem services.

Climate change, one of the major drivers of warmer and drier conditions in Southern Europe, combined with other environmental and socioeconomic factors could affect fire regimes by exacerbating fire occurrence and severity (longer fire seasons, more frequent fire events); extreme fire seasons are likely to be more and more common in southern Europe. Observed and predicted trends of future climate scenarios depict an increased risk of large fires hence major efforts should be focused on new strategies for reducing their impacts.

This Special Issue will collect contributions for a better understanding of fire dynamics, fire regimes, and fire impacts in Mediterranean Ecosystems. Focus is placed on applications of Earth Observation data and systems for the production of geospatial thematic products for all phases of fire monitoring and management: 1) Pre-fire: fuel type and conditions, wildfire risk assessment, and vulnerability; 2) Fire impact assessment: fire severity, fire and burned area monitoring and mapping; 3) Post-fire: regeneration, restoration, and regrowth. Manuscripts presenting the use of EO-based geo-products in multi-source operative systems and workflows are welcome to highlight the added value of remote sensing for fire management and monitoring in Mediterranean ecosystems. Manuscripts addressing the exploitation of new data from nanosatellite constellations and fusion of operational SAR and optical data (e.g., Copernicus Sentinel missions) will also be considered of great interest for the Special Issue. Fire product validation, as well as and the assessment and the evaluation of EO product timeliness, reliability, spatial, and temporal suitability, and accuracy are all topics that are relevant for the Special Issue.

Dr. Daniela Stroppiana
Dr. Mirco Boschetti
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Fire is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Application of Earth observation (EO) data and systems
  • Multi-source fire monitoring and management systems
  • Product and system validation and accuracy assessment
  • Geo-spatial datasets
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Fuel forest identification and biophysical parameters characterization
  • Burned area and burned severity mapping
  • Vegetation regrowth and restoration process analysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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