The main objective of the project SYPYDA, funded by the "Development of R&Τ innovation projects (AgroETAK)”, is the design and the development of a Fire Management System for Mediterranean Conifers.
The system will operate as a standalone application and it will allow the end users to apply various fire environment (meteorology, topography, fuel) scenarios in order to estimate the characteristics of fuel complexes in Mediterranean conifer stands, predicting the fire behavior, as well as the implementation and evaluation of fuel treatments in order to prevent and/or to reduce the intensity and severity of fires in such ecosystems.
The system will allow the end user to simulate fire behavior (probability of initiation crown fires, type of fire, etc.) in different types of understory vegetation and stand overstory structure under different weather conditions using current well-tested fire behavior prediction models.
The operational implementation of the system will be achieved through a friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI) of Windows and it will also run as an application for tablets and smartphones.
The proposed system will allow the forest researchers, forest service officials and land managers in Mediterranean conifers to evaluate fuel hazard and assess the potential for initiation and spread wildfires especially in Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas of Greece.