Comparative study of various methods of fire danger evaluation in southern Europe
D. Xavier Viegas, Giovanni Bovio, Almerindo Ferreira, Antonio Nosenzo and Bernard Sol
International Journal of Wildland Fire
9(4) 235 - 246
Five methods for the evaluation of fire danger, based on meteorological factors, were tested using statistical data for daily number of fires and burned area from six different regions in France, Italy and Portugal, for a period of 3-9 years, both for Winter and Summer fires. A normalised scale for the output of the various methods was adopted to compare the variation of number of fires and burned area predicted by each method. Based on a statistical test, the relative performance of the various methods is assessed. From the five methods that were analysed in this research, the Canadian and the modified Nesterov methods showed the best overall performance. Keywords: Fire danger methods, Fire meteorology, Southern Europe, Mediterranean forest fires.
Full text doi:10.1071/WF00015
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