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Integrated fire management includes social, economic, cultural and ecological values in each step of the management cycle (prevention, preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery), and therefore requires integrated and interdisciplinary training of our new leaders in fire. To provide this integrated training, PyroLife is organizing four PhD courses: three on the understanding of fire: 1) climate, risks and impact; 2) human dimensions and planning aspects; and 3) science-policy interaction. These three courses will be followed by a fourth course: 4) integrated fire management, where the way forward towards building and implementing an integrated fire management is discussed and developed. Here we announce the first course of this four PhD course series, focusing on the biophysical aspects of fire in the landscape
A diverse group of people pursuing their PhD degree. This course will cover the basics of biophysical aspects of fire in the landscape; hence it is targeted towards PhD students/candidates working on integrated fire management as well as to PhD students/candidates working on a specific biophysical aspect that want to put their understanding into a broader multidisciplinary context.
To develop a broad understanding on the basics of the biophysical aspects of Fire in the landscape, and to be able to link the causes of fire in the landscape to the impact they have, both on the way fires are managed as their impact of the environment.
As such it is a multidisciplinairy course, focusing on four modules: fire engineering, weather and climate, fire management and risk assessment (incl. suppression, mitigation), and fire impacts on the natural environment.
The first step to come up with new ways of managing fire risk and its impact to the environment, to promote landscape resilience to fire and to reduce the vulnerability of communities, is to understand how fire operates. This course is therefore focused on the biophysical aspects of fire in the landscape.
The course first follows the concept of the two fire triangles. Triangle 1: What do you need for a fire: Heat, oxygen and fuel; and fire triangle 2: how does fire move: fuels; topography, weather and climate. You will learn how these concepts are related to fire danger ratings that are used in early warning systems and preparedness tools. Since weather and climate strongly determine how fire itself behaves, we will spend time on the most recent insights into how types of fires, such as extreme fires, are linked to weather. You will also learn to recognise different types of landscape fire.
We will also cover how fires can be controlled and how their effects can be mitigated: what firefighting techniques are there, and when they are used during a incident. How fuel loads can be managed via prescribed burning, grazing, and mechanical removal. Then, the impact of fires on the natural environment are shortly introduced.
Via group work, you will assess how you can link the knowledge on the fire triangles to the way fires can be managed (fire suppression, fuel management, risk assessment and/or the physical impact on the environment (i.e. linking modules 1+2 with 3 and 4). You will search for key papers, which research groups are playing a key role in the research, and for whom what knowledge is useful in order to learn how to live with fire. You will also indicate which PhD projects can benefit from exchanging knowledge from other participants.
PERC graduate school: €240
PyroLife PhD candidates: €240
For other WUR participants, the course fee will be paid following an intercompany sent to your chair group.
For non-Wur participants, including most (non-WUR) PyroLife PhD candidates, an invoice will sent to your working address