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Universidade do Porto (2020)

Evaluation of Alternative Post-fire Strategies

Couto Santos Maria Sérgio

Titre : Evaluation of Alternative Post-fire Strategies

Auteur : Couto Santos Maria Sérgio

Université de soutenance : Universidade do Porto

Grade : Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia e Gestão Industrial 2020

Résumé
Over the last decades, areas burned by wildfires have been significantly increasing along with the costs associated with forest fire management (FFM) practices. Post-fire management teams face difficult trade-offs in choosing among a variety of alternatives after a wildfire incident. Therefore, it is crucial to monitor and evaluate the strategies available to help in the process of decision making. In most cases, ecosystems are resilient to fire disturbance and the no intervention scenario should be weighted. However, in some specific areas that are more susceptible to degradation, post-fire management techniques should be carried out. This work needs to be done carefully as the management options chosen can emphasize or reduce the positive and negative impacts on the burned site. The present dissertation studies and evaluates some post-fire management alternatives along with the advantages and disadvantages of their use. In order to understand the impacts of choosing one strategy over another the costs of each one were presented and analysed together with the application to real distinct scenarios. This allowed, besides the obvious theoretical conclusions, to have actual values associated with the alternatives that serve as a support for future management decisions. To achieve the best results possible it is critical that both the top management and the opera tional teams keep controlling and improving the process daily in a culture of continuous improve ment

Mots clés  : Forest fire prevention, Post-fire management, Cost analysis

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