Special Issue "Climate Change and Wildfires Risk Assessment"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Air, Climate Change and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Diamando Vlachogiannis
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Guest Editor
Environmental Research Laboratory, NCSR Demokritos, 15310 Athens, Greece
Interests: atmospheric modelling; regional impacts of climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is an unequivocal fact that climate change due to anthropogenic activities has become one of the most pressing issues in recent decades, as it threatens ecosystems, human well-being and sustainable livelihoods. According to the World Meteorological Organisation News Report (September 2020) [1], there is clear evidence that climate change amplifies the risk of wildfires due to increased warming globally. Research findings [2] point to climate trends of global increases in the frequency, extent and intensity of heatwaves, as well as of regional increases in the frequency, intensity and duration of droughts. Such increases are known to enhance the potential for the formation of fire weather and climate conditions. The use of multiple Global Circulation Models (GCMs) for the investigation of global fire season severity has indicated significant increases in the length of fire season [3]. Studies have shown a pronounced influence of climate change on the total areas burned across the fire season [4].

Given the fact that the effects of human-induced climate change on fire weather are detectable and distinguishable from natural variability [5], and wildfire risk and severity is expected to increase [6], there is a growing need for a fire-resilient community. To improve the preparedness level of our society with suitable strategies for mitigation and prevention requires high-quality services and approaches to assess the impact of climate change on fire risk. Within this context, research efforts need to continue in the investigation of the assessment of wildfire risk in a changing climate at the regional and local scales, with high spatial and temporal resolutions, by employing newly emerging datasets and methods for climate reanalysis and future projections.

This Special Issue of Sustainability encourages high-quality research papers on the following topics:

  • Seasonal prediction of extreme fire weather;
  • Projected changes in daily fire spread and fire danger;
  • Climate change impacts on fire weather extremes and fire season length at regional and local scales;
  • Links between changes in atmospheric dynamics and wildfire patterns;
  • Potential climate change impacts on wildfire intensity and future fire-prone regimes;
  • Spatio-temporal changes in wildfire activity at regional and local scales;
  • Wildfire risk assessment under changing fire weather and climate conditions;
  • Preceding drought conditions and seasonal wildfire risk prediction;
  • Fire risk conditions in wildland–urban and wildland–rural interface areas;
  • Wildfire management and adaptation measures as a function of fire likelihood at regional and local scales.

Within these topics, interdisciplinary original research articles highlighting new ideas, review articles, study approaches, methods and innovations are welcomed.


[1] https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/climate-change-increases-risk-of-wildfires

[2] Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published in 2013.

[3] Mike Flannigan, Alan S. Cantin, William J. de Groot, Mike Wotton, Alison Newbery, Lynn M. Gowman, Global wildland fire season severity in the 21st century, Forest Ecology and Management, 294, 2013, 54-61, https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.1016/j.foreco.2012.10.022.

[4] Kirchmeier‐Young, M. C., Gillett, N. P., Zwiers, F. W., Cannon, A. J., & Anslow, F. S. (2019). Attribution of the influence of human‐induced climate change on an extreme fire season. Earth's Future, 7, 2– 10. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.1029/2018EF001050

[5] Abatzoglou, J. T., Williams, A. P., & Barbero, R. (2019). Global emergence of anthropogenic climate change in fire weather indices. Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 326– 336. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.1029/2018GL080959

[6] 2019 IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land, Technical Summary, https://www.ipcc.ch/srccl/chapter/technical-summary/

Dr. Diamando Vlachogiannis
Guest Editor

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  • fire risk
  • wildfire intensity
  • fire weather
  • fire climate conditions
  • projections
  • extreme fire weather

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