inscription
PORTAIL D'INFORMATION GÉOGRAPHIQUE

A Wildland-Urban Interface Typology for Forest Fire Risk Management in Mediterranean Areas

Auteur(s) et Affiliation(s)

Geography, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
Herrero, Gema
Regional Geography and Physical Geography, Complutensian University of Madrid, Spain
Solana, Jesus
Regional Geography and Physical Geography, Complutensian University of Madrid, Spain


Description :
The transitional areas that lie between wildlands and urbanized spaces, generally defined as wildland-urban interfaces (WUI), represent an increasing risk factor in Mediterranean areas; these define a new scenario in forest fire fighting and prevention. We have developed a methodological approach in order to assess the hazard and vulnerability of WUI which is based on landscape analysis, on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques and remote sensing. Unlike traditional approaches which are based on local scale characterization of WUI, we propose a progressive multi-scale approach. In order to reach an operative classification of the WUI the methodology was developed in three stages: a regional urban development model, a landscape character assessment and finally, a WUI typology. The last WUI typology has been based on the identification of different urban morphologies and their context within the type of landscape in which they occur.


Type de document :
Article de périodique

Source :
Landscape research (Online), issn : 1469-9710, 2011, vol. 36, n°. 2, p. 151-171, nombre de pages : 21

Date :
2011

Identifiants :
doi : http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2010.549218

Editeur :
Pays édition : Royaume-Uni, Abingdon, Taylor and Francis

Langue :
Anglais
Droits :
Tous droits réservés © Prodig - Bibliographie Géographique Internationale (BGI)