Welcome to ForestFire 2016

 International Conference on Forest Fires and WUI Fires

 May 25-27, 2016 | Aix-en-Provence, France

 

Outline

WUI management for wild fire mitigation has become an increasingly critical stake these last years in many regions of the world with Mediterranean climate, including Europe, Northern Africa, California, South America, Australia, Southern Africa, etc. but also in areas with up to now temperate or tropical climate, as a result of both climate change and land cover change.

But the same fire process affects wildlands and the interfaces, although fuel, fire behavior, fire fighting strategies, vulnerability and values, and even fire micro-local weather conditions may radically differ: the great density of anthropogenic ignition points within WUI threatens forest and wildland, while the great amount of energy of large wildland fires contributes to their destructive power when arriving at WUI.

Following the first ForestFire conference focused on WUI fires in 2013, this second conference will try to sum up the scientific knowledge related to the relationship between WUI fires and wildland fires, and will favor exchanges between researchers and risk managers, security services and general decision-makers on this topic.

Special sessions

  • Fire science dissemination (Chairman : Susie Kocher, University of California Cooperative Extension).

  • Small to large scales experimental work (Chairman : Justin Leonard, CSIRO).

Language

Both French and English talks will be accepted with simultaneous translation. Slide translation from English to French could be offered by the organization committee.

Special Announcement

We will have the great honor to welcome, for the ForestFire2016 conference, special guests:

– Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Jacques Bozabalian, Chef de l’Etat-Major Interministériel de la Zone de défense et de sécurité Sud

Mrs Denise L. Blankenship, Deputy Director, Fire and Aviation Management at U.S. Forest Service
Mr Gordon Sachs, Disaster & Emergency Operations Specialist at USDA Forest Service

Mr Alan Goodwin, Chief Fire Officer, Land, Fire and Environment, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mr Goodwin will also represent the IAWF (International Association of Wildland Fire), involved in the conference organization.

The three of them will take part to the opening ceremony. In addition, we have a pleasure to announce our keynote speakers for this year’s conference:

 Dr. Alexandra Syphard, Conservation Biology Institute, Corvallis, Oregon, United States
– Dr. Donatella Spano, University of Sassari, Environment Director of Sardinia Region, Italy
Pr. Domingos Xavier Viegas, ADAI, University of Coimbra, Portugal
– Dr. Owen Price, University of Wollongong, Australia