01/2002 to 12/2004

 SPREAD is a European reserach project that deals with the three main issues of wildland fire research and management: fire occurrence, fire behavior and fire effects. 26 teams from 14 different countries (including Canada and Finland) address fuel type modeling, spatial and temporal anaylsis of fire occurrence, fire behavior modeling, fire ecology and fire management in the European context. SPREAD aims to provide the basis and framework for the development and implementation of an integrated forest fire management system for Europe. Special emphasis is put on spaceborne and airborne Earth observation methods, meteorological data, information on the human factor in fire risk, and assimilation of these data into fire prevention and fire behavior models. In close collaboration with regional and national forest agencies, innovative landscape forest and management strategies, i.e. new approaches to post-fire landscape management are studied.