c8.4.3 – Land use change and Post-Fire in Southern Europe

Kemper Pacheco CJ

Collocazione: c8.4.3 – Tipo Comunicazione: Presentazione orale
8° Congresso SISEF *
Sessione 4: “Pianificazione e Produttività Forestale” *

Contatto: Claudia Justina Kemper Pacheco (claudia.kemper@mlib.imc.cnr.it)

Abstract: The aim of this work was to assess the annual variations land cover changes of forest areas subjected by fires during the period (2000-2006) for countries of the Europe available. The methodology presented GIS-based study used two CORINE Land Cover (CLC) maps, 2000 and 2006, and EFFIS database available (since 2000 to 2006) at the JRC of Ispra. The countries studied were Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. We worked with the second CLC data level and when the results of the analysis indicated the occurrence of an important type of transition at a country level, the third CLC data level was used. The areas that were burned in each country and for year throughout the studied period were obtained after the annual fire maps of the EFFIS database. For each country, a set of seven masks (ArcGIS shape layers) was derived from these fire maps; i.e. one mask for each year from 2000 to 2006. All fires smaller than 50 ha were discarded. Classifying all the CLC transition classes into agradative, degradative or stable categories, we found clear differences among the considered countries in the distribution of the total burned area among these three types. The statistical data and map outputs represent a vast overview of changes in land use occurred in this four countries during the period 2000-2006. The most important land cover changes in favour of “Transitional woodland-scrub” (classes 324) were reported in all years analyzed. These results suggest a slow post-fire vegetation dynamics in most of the countries studied. The statistical characteristics of the EFFIS database in the period 2000-2006 along with the transformation of individual CLC classes during this period, and the percentage of their changes, have allowed us to make an accurate individualization of the studied classes to further changes in their land use.

Parole chiave: Burned Area, Geographic Information System, Land Cover Change, Southern Europe

Citazione: Kemper Pacheco CJ (2011). Land use change and Post-Fire in Southern Europe . 8° Congresso Nazionale SISEF, Rende (CS), 04 – 07 Ott 2011, Contributo no. #c8.4.3