Special Issue "Fire in the Earth System: Humans and Nature"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ioannis N. Daliakopoulos
Guest Editor
Department of Agriculture, Hellenic Mediterranean University, Heraklion, 71410, Greece
Interests: hydrologic extremes and climate change; soil moisture dynamics; salinization; remote sensing in hydrology and agriculture; modeling; machine learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Fire is a key component of the earth system and a prehistoric evolutionary tool for humankind to manage the landscape and to maintain land productivity. In the 21st century, fire is still at the forefront of environmental management but can still defy our understanding and preparedness mechanisms. To face fire-related challenges, scientists, citizens, and practitioners must interact and network. This Special Issue “Fire in the Earth System: Humans and Nature” proposes a hybrid publication with scientists, citizens, and practitioners to share information, ideas, and goals to use fire as a tool for sustainability.

We invite participants with backgrounds from fire dynamics, fire risk management, fire effects on vegetation, fauna, soil and water, and socio-economic, historical, geographical, political, cultural, artistic, perception, and land management approaches. We aim to connect scientific communities around the world with practitioners and citizens that will share different experiences and will boost the emergence of new approaches to fire research. This Special Issue will help to synthesize existing knowledge and to create fire-resilient landscapes based on integrated approaches that not only include biological, biochemical, and physical research, but also socio-economic, historical, geographical, and sociological research and considers stakeholder perceptions and policy constraints.

Research papers on (i) fire dynamics, (ii) fire risk management, (iii) fire effects on biota (flora and fauna), (iv) fire effects on soil and water, (v) socio-economic, historical, geographical, political, and perceptions of fire, (vi) land management approaches, (vii) human evolution and fire, (viii) fire prevention and suppression; and, (ix) fire and culture, are welcome. Other topics related to the interaction of nature, fire, and humans are also welcome for this Special Issue.

For each of these topics, we would like to INVITE YOU to submit your paper.

Prof. Dr. Artemi Cerdà
Dr. Ioannis N. Daliakopoulos
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. Land is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • fire dynamics
  • forest fire
  • fire risk management
  • fire effects
  • human evolution
  • environmental impact
  • soils
  • water resources
  • plants
  • fauna
  • fire prevention and suppression

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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