Methodology for the study of near-future changes of fire weather patterns with emphasis on archaeological and protected touristic areas in Greece
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Vassiliki Varela; Diamando Vlachogiannis; Athanasios Sfetsos; Nadia Politi; Stelios Karozis
Publication Year: 2020

Cataloging Information

  • climate change
  • fire severity
  • fire weather patterns
  • FWI - fire weather index
  • Greece
  • ISI - CFFDRS Initial Spread Index
  • RCP - representative concentration pathway
  • International
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Record Last Modified: December 7, 2020
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This work introduces a methodology for assessing near-future fire weather pattern changes based on the Canadian Fire Weather Index system components (Fire Weather Index (FWI), Initial Spread Index (ISI), Fire Severity Rating (FSR)), applied in touristic areas in Greece. Four series of daily raster-based datasets for the fire seasons (May–October), concerning a historic (2006 to 2015) and a future climatology period (2036–2045), were created for the areas under consideration, based on high-resolution climate modelling with the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP), PCR 4.5 and RCP 8.5 scenarios. The climate model data were obtained from the European Coordinated Downscaling Experiment (EURO-CORDEX) climate database and consisted of atmospheric variables as required by the FWI system, at 12.5 km spatial resolution. The final datasets of the abovementioned variables used for the study were processed at 5 km spatial resolution for the domain of interest after applying regridding based on the nearest neighbour interpolating process. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) spatial operations, including spatial statistics and zonal analyses, were applied on the series of the derived daily raster maps in order to provide a number of output thematic layers. Moreover, historic FWI percentile values, which were estimated for Greece in the frame of a past research study of the Environmental Research Laboratory (EREL), were used as reference data for further evaluation of future fire weather changes. The straightforward methodology for the assessment of the evolution of spatial and temporal distribution of Fire weather Danger due to climate change presented herewith is an essential tool for enhancing the knowledge for the decision support process for forest fire prevention, planning and management policies in areas where the fire risk both in terms of fire hazard likelihood and expected impact is quite important due to human presence and cultural prestige, such as archaeological and tourist protected areas.

Online Link(s):
Varela, Vassiliki; Vlachogiannis, Diamando; Sfetsos, Athanasios; Politi, Nadia; Karozis, Stelios. 2020. Methodology for the study of near-future changes of fire weather patterns with emphasis on archaeological and protected touristic areas in Greece. Forests 11(11):1168.