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Mirco Boschetti, Daniela Stroppiana, and Pietro Alessandro Brivio

heterogeneity of the land cover, burned areas are generally small. Analysis of the official reports [European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS)] compiled for five Mediterranean countries (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, and Greece) during a 30-yr period indicates an average fire size of 10 ha with a minimum of 6 ha for Portugal and France, a maximum of 30 ha for Greece, and a value of 11 ha for Spain and Italy ( Camia et al. 2009 ). In Italy, fires get particularly intense in the southern regions of

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Sofia Bajocco, Gianni Boris Pezzatti, Antonella De Angelis, Marco Conedera, and Carlo Ricotta

vegetation belts or units representing also different ecological and geophysical conditions that may influence both fire ignition and spread and thus the resulting total burnt area. Acknowledgments This study has been supported by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme through the integrated project “An Innovative Approach of Integrated Wildland Fire Management Regulating the Wildfire Problem by the Wise Use of Fire: Solving the Fire Paradox,” Contract FP6-018505 (FIRE PARADOX

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Silvia Merino-de-Miguel, Federico González-Alonso, Margarita Huesca, Dolors Armenteras, and Carol Franco

Spectrometer (MODIS), Système Pour l’Observation de la Terre (SPOT) VEGETATION (VGT), or European Remote Sensing Satellite-2 ( ERS-2 ) Along Track Scanning Radiometer-2 (ATSR-2) are especially extensive. These systems have allowed several global estimates of burned areas to be produced during the last decade: GLOBSCAR (ATSR Global Burned Forest Mapping) ( Simon et al. 2004 ), Global Burnt Area 2000 (GBA2000; Grégoire et al. 2003 ), L3JRC (Global VGT Burnt Area Product 2000–07) ( Tansey et al. 2008

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