Pilot project on analysis products, using LiDAR, for territory, forest and rural fires management
áGiL, financed by ICNF through the Permanent Forest Fund, is a pilot project whose results will inform the first national LiDAR coverage. The project started in April and its first phase (LiDAR flight and inventory) has been completed. The pilot focuses on seven target locations, covering about 45 thousand hectares (from Monsanto to Vila Pouca de Aguiar) with LiDAR sweeping densities of 5 and 10 points/m2.
The áGiL project assesses fuel hazard in detail, namely through fuel model classification and quantification of metrics depicting crown fire potential. The ability to assess in an integrated manner the values at risk (biomass, wood volume, carbon storage, built infrastructure) will also be tested. As a result, a number of fire risk related features will be mapped, as a direct or indirect outcome, namely buildings and infrastructure at risk, fuel treatment priorities, exposure to wildfire, potential fire intensity, and ignition probability.
The results of áGiL will provide the fundamentals for the informed management of economic and non-economic assets and wildfire risk (particularly in forest areas and in the rural-urban interface) for use in decision support systems (DSS).
DSS are essential to implement sustainable forest planning and management, e.g. from the use of biomass for energy to integrated fire management and its various activities (fuel management, pre-suppression, suppression, post-fire recovery), and the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of forests, which closes the cycle, as it promotes the decrease of fuel accumulation contributing to wildfire mitigation.
With áGiL, the CoLAB will provide a substantial contribution to integrated forest and fire management, providing the required empirical basis for implementing policies that promote biomass usage and fire hazard mitigation – a fundamental goal for forest sustainability.
Data about the first LiDAR coverage can be consulted here.
áGiL.TerFoRus team work: Abílio Pereira Pacheco, Isabel Pôças, João Torres, Jorge Cunha, Paulo Fernandes, Raquel Paiva, Sandra Valente and Virgínia Rocha
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