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Forest fires and the Wildland Urban Interface: fire behaviour, safety and lessons learned in Portugal

Prof. Luís Mário Ribeiro, a Senior Researcher at the Forest Fire Research Centre, Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal ( will be the speaker at the next edition of the Ministry of Nerds Seminar this Friday (8th April) at 2.00 pm.

Prof. Ribeiro has a degree in Forestry from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (1998) in Vila Real (Portugal), where he finished a post-graduation in Forest Resources Engineering in 2002. His areas of expertise include fires at the wildland urban interface, fuel management, decision support systems and safety standards and rules in the firefighting. He has a vast experience in National and International research projects and published extensively in Portugal and abroad.

Here’s the title of the seminar:

“Forest fires and the Wildland Urban Interface: fire behaviour, safety and lessons learned in Portugal”

Short abstract:

One of the major motivations behind the vast activity of the Forest Fire Research is the possibility of contributing to the safety of everyone that could face a forest fire. That includes firefighters, but also common citizens, that are often exposed to this threat. The knowledge about fire behaviour is crucial to fire management, in all its stages, as well as to promote fire safety, and that is one of the strong key points of our team. In more recent years, wildfire threat has been increasing in the so-called wildland urban interface, and we have been strengthening this area of research, so that our contribute to society can help mitigate the losses in human lives and structural assets. This lecture will present some of the main concepts concerning fire behaviour, fire safety and fire at the wildland urban interface.


Friday 8th April at 2.00pm

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