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Hybrid Workshop on Mediterranean Forest Fires at TUC

The Laboratory of Atmospheric Environment and Climate Change of the School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Crete and the London-based Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society organize on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 a hybrid workshop hosted at TUC's campus on the theme of Mediterranean forest fires. The event brings together scientists from various disciplines and key invited stakeholders working on forest fires in Greece and the Mediterranean region in general. Additionally, it will bring to the discussion the perspectives of key invited stakeholders working on this area. The aim is to advance the discussion on this topic and catalyze further research that will elevate our understanding of Mediterranean fires. The full program of the workshop is listed below. 

People, who are not members of the Centre, but would like to join the workshop, are encouraged to email wildfire<at>imperial.ac.uk to receive the joining link or to express interest in being present in person.


Morning Session 11:30-13:45 (09:30-11:45)

TIME Speaker/Title
11:30-11:45 09:30-09:45 Welcome addresses
11:45-12:00 09:45-10:00 Xenofontas Tsilimigakis (Fire Service Chief of Chania Prefecture, Crete)
12:00-12:15 10:00-10:15 Marc Castellnou (Corps of Firefighters of Catalonia/Pau Costa Foundation) - Mediterranean fires, ongoing changes and future challenges: Spain and Portugal lessons (virtual)
12:15-12:30 10:15-10:30 Maria Maniadaki (Chania Bar Association) - Forest arson in Greece: overview of the legal framework
12:30-12:45 10:30-10:45 Viktor Kouloumpis (Technical University of Crete) - DRYADS project overview and the pilot case of Samaria Gorge
12:45-13:00 10:45-11:00 Nikos Kalogeropoulos (Imperial College London) - A future of wildfire planning: Precisely Calculated Evacuation Decisions (virtual)
13:00-13:15 11:00-11:15 Simona Dossi (Imperial College London) - Building Damage at the Wildland-Urban Interface in Southern Europe (virtual)
13:15-13:30 11:15-11:30 Haleema Misal (Imperial College London) - Public preferences for wildfire management in Crete, Greece
13:30-13:45 11:30-11:45 Discussion
Lunch Break 13:45-14:45 (11:45-12:45)

Afternoon Session 14:45-16:15 (12:45-14:15)

14:45-15:00 12:45-13:00 Vassiliki Kotroni & Kostas Lagouvardos (National Observatory of Athens) - Early warning system for forest fires in Greece
15:00-15:15 13:00-13:15 Anastasios Rovithakis (Technical University of Crete) - Climate change, wildfires and air pollution over Greece
15:15-15:30 13:15-13:30 Manolis Grillakis (Technical University of Crete) - Studying wildfire-climate linkages at the CLIMATE.TUC Lab
15:30-15:45 13:30-13:45 Theo Keeping (University of Reading) - Nowcasting fire risk and implications for Mediterranean wildfire prediction
15:45-16:00 13:45-14:00 Luke Sweeney (University of Reading) - Assessing anthropogenic influence on fire history during the Holocene in the Iberian Peninsula (virtual)
16:00-16:15 14:00-14:15 Yicheng Shen (University of Reading) - Relationship between fire properties and resprouting in Europe and Australia (virtual)
Coffee Break 16:15-16:30 (14:15-14:30)
16:30-17:00 14:30-15:00 Discussion - The future of wildfires in the Mediterranean: what are the greatest challenges and solutions
17:00 15:00 END
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