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Memorias de investigación
Research Publications in journals:
Landscape vulnerability to wildfires at the forest-agriculture interface: half-century patterns in Spain assessed through the SISPARES monitoring framework
Year:2012
Research Areas
  • Natural environment,
  • Forest
Information
Abstract
Large-scale socioeconomic changes in recent decades have driven shifts in the structure of Spanish rural landscapes, particularly in those located at the forest-agriculture interface (FAI), as well as in their wildfire regime. Using data from more than 200 16 km 2 landscape plots in Spain surveyed between 1956 and 2008 through the SISPARES monitoring framework, we assessed the FAI vulnerability to wildfires and identified the main landscape structural factors related to an increased number of wildfire events. We found that the most vulnerable landscapes were those with high road density, high diversity of land uses and, most importantly, with fine-grained forest-agriculture mixtures. Ignition frequency was lower in those landscapes where crops and woodlands coexisted but distributed in large and well-separated patches, and much lower where both land uses were combined within an integrated production and man- agement system (?dehesas?). We discuss the geo- graphical distribution patterns and temporal trends of the different FAI types during recent decades. We conclude that such approach is useful to forecast the mutual interactions between land use pattern changes and wildfire regime in the Mediterranean agroforestry mosaics. This would also provide an ecological base for developing a complementary, cost-effective and durable passive strategy of wildfire management targeted to modify the inherent FAI susceptibility to ignition events
International
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JCR
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Title
Agroforestry Systems
ISBN
0167-4366
Impact factor JCR
1,378
Impact info
Volume
85
Journal number
From page
331
To page
349
Month
SIN MES
Ranking
Participants
  • Autor: M. Ortega (CIFOR)
  • Autor: Santiago Fulgencio Saura Martinez de Toda (UPM)
  • Autor: Sergio Gonzalez Avila (UPM)
  • Autor: Valentin Gomez Sanz (UPM)
  • Autor: Ramon Elena Rossello (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Ecología y Gestión Forestal Sostenible
  • Grupo de Investigación: Economía y Sostenibilidad del Medio Natural
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