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The potential of agricultural conversion to shape forest fire regimes in Mediterranean landscapes

The potential of agricultural conversion to shape forest fire regimes in Mediterranean landscapes

A new study published in Ecosystems explores whether new croplands and pastures allocated across the territory facilitate fire extinction activities. The authors found that more heterogeneous agro-forest mosaics increase fire suppression effectiveness and thus final burnt area decreases In densely populated fire-prone regions, interactions between […]

New article: From stand to landscape: modelling post-fire regeneration and species growth

New article: From stand to landscape: modelling post-fire regeneration and species growth

How does a forest change after a fire?In this new work published in the Ecological Modeling journal, the authors propound this question for the Mediterranean forest. They propose specific responses via simulating species regeneration and species growth in burned areas. Landscape models are comprehensive tools […]

New article: Adapting prescribed burns to future climate change in Mediterranean landscapes

New article: Adapting prescribed burns to future climate change in Mediterranean landscapes

A new article published in Science of the Total Environment evaluates fire management effects on fire regime under climate change. The authors found that prescribed burning reduce high-intensity fires associated with climate change and that adaptive prescribed burning gain in cost-efficiency compared to rigid strategies […]

New article: Contrasting impacts of precipitation on Mediterranean birds and butterfies

New article: Contrasting impacts of precipitation on Mediterranean birds and butterfies

A new article led by Sergi Herrando (Catalan Institute of Ornithology and CREAF) examines the role played by temperature and precipitation preferences in determining population trends for birds and butterflies in a Mediterranean area, concluding that water availability is likely an important driver of animal […]

New PhD in town: Núria Aquilué, Models and the management of forest landscapes under global changes

New PhD in town: Núria Aquilué, Models and the management of forest landscapes under global changes

In this thesis, Núria Aquilué presents two simulation modelling approaches to characterise forest ecosystems to then evaluate landscape-scale forest management strategies to be applied in an uncertain global change context. All the proposed strategies seek at enhancing resilience of forest landscapes to shifting disturbances regimes. She applies each of these two modelling approaches to two distinct highly managed forest regions.

Wildfire seen from a drone

Wildfire seen from a drone

InForest mixed unity, composed by CTFC and CREAF, has published the first images taken by drones of the burned area from Òdena’s wildfire (Barcelona area), occurred last july which burned more than 1.200 ha. Ecoland lab and InForest are pioneers in drones use for ecology and conservation research.

Position on forest ecosystem monitoring using drone technology and remote sensing

Position on forest ecosystem monitoring using drone technology and remote sensing

A new position to conduct pre/post-doctoral research is open at CEMFOR (CTFC) – CREAF Joint research unit (InFOREST JRU) for one year (with the possibility of an extension) in the context of the new joint research unit between the two research institutions and the NEWFORESTS […]

New article: Predicting the future effectiveness of protected areas for bird conservation in Mediterranean ecosystems under climate change and novel fire regime scenarios

New article: Predicting the future effectiveness of protected areas for bird conservation in Mediterranean ecosystems under climate change and novel fire regime scenarios

Global change challenges traditional conservation approaches based on the selection of static protected areas due to their limited ability to deal with the dynamic nature of driving forces relevant to biodiversity. The Natura 2000 network (N2000) constitutes a major milestone in biodiversity conservation in Europe, […]

New article: Optimising long-term monitoring projects for species distribution modelling.  How atlas data may help

New article: Optimising long-term monitoring projects for species distribution modelling. How atlas data may help

In this work, recently published in Ecography, we provide a method based on modern atlas data to guide the establishment of monitoring projects that will deliver useful data to build accurate distribution models. Long-term monitoring data are used to evaluate population trends, but they may […]

New article: Dartford Warbler, unplanned fires and biodiversity conservation

New article: Dartford Warbler, unplanned fires and biodiversity conservation

Mediterranean landscapes are highly dynamic systems. Climate change is one of the most powerful driving forces of these dynamics and, in the Mediterranean basin, its severity has markedly increased in recent years. However, climate change impacts on biodiversity are often also indirect through changes in […]

New article: Rewilding: a potential alternative approach to conservation in abandoned mountain areas?

New article: Rewilding: a potential alternative approach to conservation in abandoned mountain areas?

Land-use change is a large component of global change and the effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services currently represent a major challenge for ecologists and conservationists. Several authors have recently suggested that REWILDING may be an appealing conservation response to farmland abandonment in areas of […]

Se busca candidato a beca FPU para un proyecto sobre modelización de la vegetación en el CTFC

Se busca candidato para solicitar beca de Formación de Profesorado Universitario (FPU) para la realización de una tesis doctoral. Tema: Predicción de cambios en la estructura y composición de la vegetación a escala de paisaje/regional. La vegetación Mediterránea es el resultado de la acción de […]

New course: Introduction to WinBUGS for ecologists organised by the Institut Català d’Ornitologia

A new course on bayesian approach to regression, ANOVA and related statistical analyses will be held in Barcelona 12-16 december 2011. The course is organised by the Institut Català d’Ornitologia (ICO) with Marc Kéry (Swiss Ornithological Institute) and Viviana Ruiz- Gutiérrez (Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell […]

Sharing relevant information: eco-land twitter and google reader

The identification of relevant information is a critical task in modern science. This is a process that researchers do at all times during their professional lifes and sharing such relevant, filtered information is a step forward towards better science. The ECO-LAND lab wants to promote […]