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International project led by UC wins 10 million euros to study major forest fires

An international project led by scientist Domingos Xavier Viegas, from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC), has just obtained 10 million euros in funding for the study of major forest fires.

Entitled “FirEUrisk – Developing a holistic, risk-wise strategy for European wildfire management”, the project was approved under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program, in the focal area “Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future”, more specifically in topic “Forest Fires Risk Reduction: towards an Integrated Fire Management Approach in the EU”.

This ambitious project brings together in consortium 39 partners from all over the world (Germany, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Spain, United States of America, France, Finland, Greece, Netherlands, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine).

At the University of Coimbra, the study will be carried out at the Center for the Study of Forest Fires (CEIF) of the Association for the Development of Industrial Aerodynamics (ADAI), FCTUC, also involving teams from the Legal Institute of the Faculty of Law (FDUC) and the Faculty of Medicine (FMUC).

Generally speaking, FirEUrisk, with a duration of four years, has as main objectives to use the scientific knowledge developed to update forest fire risk assessment systems, including critical factors that are not yet taken into account, to propose effective measures for their reducing and adapting fire management strategies to future climate and socio-economic changes.

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