5 Comprehensive Monitoring of Wildfires in Europe : The European Forest Fire Information System ( EFFIS )

@inproceedings{Schulte20125CM,
  title={5 Comprehensive Monitoring of Wildfires in Europe : The European Forest Fire Information System ( EFFIS )},
  author={E. Schulte and Guido Schmuck and Andrea Camia and Peter Strobl and Giorgio Libert{\'a} and Cristiano Giovando and Roberto Boca and Fernando Sedano and Pieter Kempeneers and Daniel McInerney and Ceri Withmore and Sandra Santos de Oliveira and Marcos Wander Rodrigues and Tracy Durrant and Paolo Corti and Friderike Oehler and Lara Vilar},
  year={2012}
}
Fires are an integral component of ecosystem dynamics in European landscapes. However, uncontrolled fires cause large environmental and economic damages, especially in the Mediterranean region. On average, about 65000 fires occur in Europe every year, burning approximately half a million ha of wildland and forest areas; most of the burnt area, over 85%, is in the European Mediterranean region. Trends in number of fires and burnt areas in the Mediterranean region are presented in Fig. 1.