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Selected Publication:

Muller, MM; Vacik, H; Valese, E.
(2015): Anomalies of the Austrian Forest Fire Regime in Comparison with Other Alpine Countries: A Research Note
FORESTS. 2015; 6(4): 903-913. FullText FullText_BOKU

In recent years, Austria has experienced highly variable forest fire activity with new record values regarding the number of fires and sizes of burned areas. Single seasons in 2011, 2012 and 2013 showed 20-year-peaks and significant differences regarding fire activity. A statistical overview of datasets from Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Slovenia is given, allowing a preliminary comparison between the Alpine countries. Higher temperatures in combination with local dry weather conditions are hypothesized as reasons for the observed anomalies. Further analysis will be done with new climatic data in high spatial resolution from the "AgroDroughtAustria" project to confirm these preliminary findings.
Authors BOKU Wien:
Müller Mortimer
Vacik Harald
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