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Global vegetation fire maps and statistics on forest fires in Europe (1985 - 1997)

1. Global Web Fire Map

Visit the following website:

maps.geog.umd.edu

Click on GLOBAL - GLOBAL and then make a selection. If you click on OPEN MAP you will see the latest Gobal Web Fire Map.

You may need a bit of patience here, this is large and takes a while to load!

Exercise 1:
Zoom in to Europe and write down all places where forest fires are burning at the moment.

Exercise 2:
Choose a country or a region and search the web for newspaper articles on this topic.  What are the main reasons for forest fires? Write down what you can find out.


2. Statistics and maps on forest fires in Europe (1985-1997)

Statistics and maps on forest fires in Europe (1985 - 1997)

Country

size of fire area in ha/year

fire area in total in ha

number of forest fires

time before 
extinguishing began
(in min)

duration of the forest fire (in min)

Spain

207935

2703160

197957

32

204

France

25390

330071

52878

20

235

Greece

63335

823364

21009

38

817

Italy

94412

1321781

127357

43

385

Portugal

87853

1229951

193862

11

274

[based on data from: http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/fore/fires/scif/bilan_de.htm]

Exercise 3:
Carefully study the table and then have a close look at the maps.

Write an essay on forest fires in Europe.

 

Map 1: size of fire area in ha/year

[Size of fire area in ha/year; © Europäische Gemeinschaften, 1995-2003; image source: http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/fore/fires/scif/bilan_de.htm]


Map 2
: Number of fires in Europe (1986-97)

Number of fires in Europe (1986-97); © Europäische Gemeinschaften, 1995-2003; image source: http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/fore/fires/scif/bilan_de.htm


Map 3
: Duration of fires in minutes

duration of fires in minutes, © Europäische Gemeinschaften, 1995-2003; image source: http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/fore/fires/scif/bilan_de.htm


Map 4
: Time it took before the fire started being extinguished (in minutes)

Time till extinguishing began (in minutes); © Europäische Gemeinschaften, 1995-2003; image source: http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/fore/fires/scif/bilan_de.htm


Map 5
: Risk of forest fires

Risk of forest fires; © Europäische Gemeinschaften, 1995-2003; image source: http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/fore/fires/scif/bilan_de.htm

 

 

About this page:
author: Dr. Yvonne Schleicher - University of Nürnberg, Germany
1. scientific reviewing: Dr. Jörg Trentmann, University of Washington, Seattle - 2004-01-27
2.  scientific reviewer: Dr. Rolf Sander - Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz - 2004-05-18
educational reviewing: Dr. Helmut Schrettenbrunner and Julia Heres - University of Nürnberg, Germany
last update: 2004-02-17
Last modified: Thursday, 4 April 2019, 2:40 PM