Special Issue "Spatial Statistics and Operational Research for Wildfires Management"

A special issue of Fire (ISSN 2571-6255). This special issue belongs to the section "Fire Research at the Science–Policy–Practitioner Interface".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2022 | Viewed by 127

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Begoña Vitoriano
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Guest Editor
Department of Statistics and Operations Research, Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute, Complutense University of Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: mathematical programming; multicriteria decision making; uncertainty; decision aid models for logistics; disaster management and sustainable development
Dr. Jesús Barreal
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Guest Editor
Department of Financial and Actuarial Economics and Statistics, Faculty of Economics and Business, University Complutense of Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: spatial statistics; econometrics; wildfires; public policy; ecosystem services; timber production; socioeconomic patterns

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Wildfires are the most critical hazard that threatens forest areas, causing harming people (casualties and injured), environmental damage, reducing ecosystem services, altering local lifestyle, and increasing climate change. These fires significantly impact the forest stand, which depends on the recovery effort to have similar natural quality levels as had been registered before wildfires. It supposes a significant economic endeavor to support efficient actions to regenerate the forest cycle and mitigate the effect of wildfires on biodiversity. These fires could also cause social alarm and catastrophic consequences in the affected areas and surrenders. In other words, the large forest fires cause several damages that generate social anxiety related to the uncertainty of losing their lives, properties, or lifestyle. When it is over, the newly devasted landscape changes the daily life and social-emotional status in affected areas for a considerable period until the forest is restored.

With all previous considerations, wildfire analysis will be crucial for avoiding or minimizing damage to forest areas by designing efficient actions focused on preventing or developing a fast response to extinguish it. A relevant aspect of this response is the preparedness activities, in particular the arrangement and dimensioning of the fire extinguishing means. Therefore, a continuous study is essential for better social and natural environment adaptations to reduce wildfires and burnt areas. Then, this Special Issue aims to promote the application of novelty methodologies related to spatial statistics and econometrics or operational research to provide innovative tools to policy and decision makers for designing better programs and taking actions to reduce the impact of wildfires. This framework is essential to focus public policy in the right direction to mitigate the effect of fire on natural resources and society. In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Socioeconomic influence in wildfire patterns
  • Spatial Statistics and Econometrics in wildfire analysis
  • Wildfire predictions
  • Operational Research models for wildfire management
  • Preventive and mitigation actions
  • Preparedness for firefighting
  • Public policy
  • Decision Aid Models for fire suppression
  • Decision Aid Models for protecting life and assets

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Begoña Vitoriano
Dr. Jesús Barreal
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • spatial statistics
  • operational research
  • preventive actions
  • predictions
  • fire suppression
  • resources allocation
  • life and assets protection
  • public policy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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