Forest fires have been considered one of the major environmental, social and economic problems of the last decade. Despite this, the costs of direct and indirect economic losses have not been well measured. Accurate accounting of the impacts of forest fires is essential for determining compensation to affected communities and producing useful information for management and protection actions against the fires themselves.
The possibility of estimating a priori the predictable cost of a fire, related to environmental, social and economic issues in a given location, provides excellent support for decision-making by landowners, managers and territorial entities.
In this context, ECOFIRE aims to develop new methodologies for the economic assessment of damage and impacts of forest fires in areas affected by fires, mechanisms for collecting relevant information for preventing forest fires, and a mobile application for assessing the economic damage and environmental impacts of fires.
As the economic evaluation of the damages caused by forest fires is complex, the team of this project combines a high-level knowledge of environmental-economic evaluation methods, forest fire impacts and computational tools to build an evaluation model. The work will count on the local population’s involvement and serve as a tool to support forest management and fire prevention policies.
ECOFIRE began in October 2019 and will last for two years. The project includes experts from the University of Minho and the Computer Graphics Centre.