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Austrian Forest Fire Research Initiative

Project Leader
Vacik Harald, BOKU Project Leader
Duration:
05.05.2008-04.11.2012
Programme:
Translational-Research-Programm
Type of Research
Basic Research
Project partners
Oesterreichische Bundesforste AG, Marxergasse 2, A-1030 Wien, Austria.
Contact person: Dr. Susanne Langmair-Kovács;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Staff
Hasenauer Hubert, Sub Projectleader
Lexer Manfred Josef, Sub Projectleader
Schneider Werner, Sub Projectleader
Gossow Hartmut, Co-worker
Seidl Rupert, Co-worker
Koch Valerie, Co-worker (bis 31.10.2015)
Formayer Herbert, Co-worker
Pietsch Stephan, Co-worker
Arpaci Alexander, Co-worker (bis 31.10.2016)
Arndt Natalie Anna, Co-worker (bis 30.11.2011)
Mattiuzzi Matteo, Co-worker (bis 31.10.2016)
Eastaugh Christopher Stuart, Co-worker (bis 31.12.2012)
Müller Mortimer, Co-worker
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Meteorology
Institute of Silviculture
Institute of Surveying, Remote Sensing and Land Information
Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management
Funded by
Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF) , Sensengasse 1, 1090 Wien, Austria
Abstract
Austrian forests do not fulfil the characteristics of fire prone ecosystems, nor were they heavily fire-impacted so far. Due to the debate on likely climate change it is hypothesized, that the risk of forest fires as potential disturbance agent will increase in coming years and decades here too. In this context the study design of this Austrian Forest Fire Research Initiative (AFFRI) encompasses two major objectives (i) to identify Forest Fire “hot spots” in Austria in dependence of vegetation, climate and location, and (ii) to develop a fire-vegetation simulator for Austrian conditions. It is planned to find out where and why there exist potential forest fire “hot spots” in Austria, and if there is an increase of the probability for expansion under the consideration of the effects of global warming. This includes the consideration of fire weather options and topo-climatological aspects, as well as the classification of forest fuels for both, the more fire-sensitive forest types and for more fire-endangered railway sections, especially in the Alps and its foothills. In order to describe forest behaviour we will do a comparative assessment of two contrasting fire modelling approaches. The hybrid 3D-patch model PICUS v1.41, which has been particularly developed for Austrian forest conditions will be extended by a fire risk and fire spread module and compared with Fire-BGC, a model successfully tested for North-American conditions. We aim at capturing the driving factors for fire behaviour in mountain forests in order to evaluate the fire-vegetation simulator with selected fire cases. In that context a scenario analysis will be done to explore the interaction of management and a changing climate according to (i) the effects of different management regimes on fire behaviour and (ii) the effects of climate change scenarios on fire behaviour.
Keywords
computer-aided simulation; geographic information systems (GIS); forest protection; silviculture; renewable resources;
Globaler Wandel; disturbances; Forest Fire;
Publications

** Muller, MM; Vacik, H; Valese, E Anomalies of the Austrian Forest Fire Regime in Comparison with Other Alpine Countries: A Research Note.

FORESTS. 2015; 6(4): 903-913. WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

Vacik, H; Arpaci, A; Müller, MM (2014): Monitoring der Waldbrandgefahr in Österreich und anderen Alpenländern .

Wildbach- und Lawinenverbau, 173, 256-267

Müller, MM; Arpaci, A; Vacik, H (2013): Waldbrandforschung in Österreich: von der Wissenschaft zur Praxis.

Die Österreichische Feuerwehr, 11/2013, 32-35

Müller, MM; Vacik, H; Arpaci, A; Kaiser, G (2013): Waldbrand-Datenbank für Österreich.

Online-Bericht auf waldwissen.net FullText

** Eastaugh, CS; Arpaci, A; Vacik, H A cautionary note regarding comparisons of fire danger indices.

NAT HAZARD EARTH SYS. 2012; 12(4): 927-934. WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

Arpaci, A; Grimma,LN;Formayer,H;Leidinger, D; Beck, A; Gruber,C; Müller,M; Albers,J; Vacik,H; (2012): Development of a daily fire danger sytem. [Poster]
[International Desaster Reduction Conference IDRC, Davos,Switzerland, AUG 26-30,2012]

In: Global Risk Forum, GRF Davos, IDRC DAvos 2012, "Integrative Risk Managment in a changing world - Pathways to a Resillient Society" Programme & Short Abstracts

Arpaci,A; Vacik,H; Sass,O; Sailer,R; (2012): Fire risk and interactions with other natural hazards under the impact of climate change in Austria. [Poster]
[International Desaster Reduction Conference, Davos, Switzerland, AUG 26-30,2012]

In: Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, IDRC Davos 2012 "Integrative Risk Management in a changing World- Pathways to a resillient Society" Programme & short Abstracts

Cane D., Arpaci A., Conedera M., Barbarino S., Vacik H., Valese E., Pezzatti G.B. (2012): Suitability of different Fire Weather Indices for alpine conditions: an extensive evaluation with high resolution data . [Poster]
[EGU General Assembly, Wien, APR 20-27, 2012]

In: EGU (Eds.), Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 14

Vacik H. (2011): Alpines Waldbrand-Warnsystem.

Österreichische Forstzeitung, 07, 2-3; ISSN 1012-4667

** Vacik, H; Arndt, N; Arpaci, A; Koch, V; Muller, M; Gossow, H Characterisation of forest fires in Austria.

AUSTRIAN J FOR SCI. 2011; 128(1): 1-31. WoS

Arpaci A., Valese E., Vacik H. (2011): Potential Fire Intensities in the Alpine Region based on characteristic fuels in Austria and Italy. [Poster]
[Wildfire 2011, The 5th International Wildland Fire Conference, Sun City, May 9-13, 2011]

In: Working on Fire (Eds.) , Living with Fire, Adressing Global Change through Integrated Fire Management, www.wildfire2011.org

Cane D., Arpaci A., Barbarino S., Vacik H., Valese E., Rizzolo R. (2011): An approach for the evaluation of fire weather indices in the Alpine Space: preliminary results. [Poster]
[Wildfire 2011, The 5th International Wildland Fire Conference, Sun City, May 9-13, 2011]

In: Working on Fire (Eds.), Living with Fire, Adressing Global Change through Integrated Fire Management, www.wildfire2011.org

Eastaugh CS, Arpaci A and Vacik H (2011): Methods of comparing fire danger indices.. [Poster]
[European Geosciences Union general assembly, Vienna, AUSTRIA, APR 3-8, 2011]

, Geophysical Research Abstracts, 13; ISSN 1607-7962

Müller M., Formayer H., Diendorfer G., Arpaci A., Gossow H., Vacik H. (2011): Analysis of lightning induced forest fires in Austria .
[Wildfire 2011, The 5th International Wildland Fire Conference, Sun City, May 9-13, 2011]

In: Working on Fire (Eds.) , Living with Fire, Adressing Global Change through Integrated Fire Management, www.wildfire2011.org

Vacik H., Gossow H. (2011): Forest Fire Research and Management Options in Austria: Lessons Learned from the AFFRI and the ALP-FFIRS Networks .
[Managing Alpine Future II , Innsbruck, November 21-23, 2011]

In: Borsdorf, A., J. Stötter & E. Veulliet (Eds.), Managing Alpine Future II - Inspire and drive sustainable mountain regions. , Proceedings of the Innsbruck Conference, November 21-23, 2011. (= IGF-Forschungsberichte 4). Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften: Wien. p. 203-211; ISBN: 978-3-7001-7153-3

Vacik H. (2011): ALP FFIRS Tagung und Projekttreffen in Hermagor.

Kärntner Forstverein Information (KFV Info), 65, 20-21 FullText

Arpaci A., Beck A., Formayer H., Vacik H. (2010): Interpretation of fire weather indices as means for the definitionof fire danger levels for different eco-regions in Austria. [Poster]
[6 th International conference on Forest Fire research, Coimbra, NOV,15-18, 2010]

In: D.X. Viegas, Abstracts of the 6th international conference on Forest Fire Research; ISBN: 978-989-20-2157-7

Arpaci A., Lexer M.J.,Seidl R.,Vacik H. (2010): Developing novel fuel models for the eastern Alps to simulate fuel dynamics in an ecosystem model. [Poster]
[6.th International Conference on Forest Fire Research, Coimbra, NOV,15-18, 2010]

In: D.X. Viegas, Abstracts oh the 6.th International Conference on Forest Fire Research; ISBN: 978-989-20-2157-7

Arpaci A., Mattiuzzi M., Cai D., Lexer M.J., Gossow H., Vacik H. (2010): Aufbereitung der Datengrundlagen für die Beschreibung des Waldbrandverhaltens für Kiefernwälder in Österreich.
[AGIT , Salzburg, JUL 7-9,2010]

In: (Hrsg) Strobl/Blaschke/Griesebner, Angewandte Geoinformatik 2010, Beiträge zum 22. AGIT Symposium Salzburg http://www.vde-verlag.de/proceedings-en/537495107.html, 834-840; ISBN: 978-3-87907-495-2

Gossow, H., Hafellner R., Vacik H., Huber T. (2009): Major Fire Issues in the Euro-Alpine Region – the Austrian Alps.

International Forest Fire News (IFFN), 38, 1-10; ISSN 1029-0864 FullText

Arndt N., Arpaci A., Gossow H., Ruiz Rodrigo P., Vacik H. (2009): A forest fire hazard based on the estimation of tourist hot spot activities in Austria.
[VII International EARSeL Workshop, Matera, SEP 2-5, 2009]

In: Chuvieco, E., Lasaponara, R., Advances in Remote Sensing and GIS applications in Forest Fire Management Towards an operational use of Remote Sensing in Forest Fire Management, Published for: EARSeL, European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories by Il Segno, Potenza (Italy), Seite 51-55; ISBN: 978-88-904367-0-3

Arpaci A., Arndt N., Lexer M.J., Matiuzzi M., Müller M., Vacik H. (2009): Classivicaion of site and stand characteristics based on remote sensing data for the development of Fuel models within a 3D Gap forest stand model.
[VII International EARSeL Workshop, Matera, SEP 2-5, 2009]

In: Chuvieco E., Lasaponara R., Advances on Remote Sensing and GIS applications in Forest Fire Management Towards an operational use of Remote Sensing in Forest Fire Management, Published for: EARSeL, European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories, published by Il Segno, Potenza (Italy), Seite 57-62; ISBN: 978-88-904367-0-3

Vorträge

Vacik, H (2017): Welche Möglichkeiten gibt es zur Vorbeugung von Waldbränden?.

Seminar Risiko Waldbrand - Ossiacher Messe für Wald, Holz und Energie 2017, Nov 10 - 12, 2017, FAST Ossiach, BFW, Kärnten

Müller, MM; Diendorfer, G; Arpaci, A; Gossow, H; Formayer, H; Vacik, H (2010): Analysis of lightning induced forest fires in Austria. [Poster]

ALP FFIRS 3rd General Meeting, MAY 5-7, 2010, Hermagor, AUSTRIA

Vacik H. (2010): Report on activities in the regional Euro-Alpine Network .

, Joint Meetings of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG), the Fire Aviation Working Group (FAWG), International Liaison Committee (ILC) for the 5th International Wildland Fire Conference and Fire Management Actions Alliance (FMAA), 26-29.June 2010 , Freiburg

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