International Meeting of fire effects on soil properties

International Meeting of Fire Effects onSoil Properties

31 January – 3 February 2007, Barcelona, Spain

Background and invitation

The aims of the meeting are to explore issues concerning effects of fire on soil properties. It is well known that fire and temperature produce changes on soil physical, chemical, organic and biological characteristics. 

The intensity and severity of forests fires has increased in the last years, and this is a widespread worldwide phenomenon. It is important to know the effect of high intensity fires and prescribed fire as a management tool on soils. It is hoped that the exchange of information will not only contribute to a better understanding of the effects of fires on soils but also will suggest solutions for soil amendment and management in terms of soil quality and forest regeneration. 

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together scientists who study the fire effects on soil properties and soil recovery after fires. New research methodologies, topics and conclusions about fire impacts on soils are very welcome. 

The meeting will include an excursion to a study site where prescribed fire is used as a management tool (Les Gavarres Mountains, Girona). 


Contributions are welcome in any field of fire effects on soils, but particularly on:

  • Fire Effects on Hydrology and Soil Physical Properties

  • Fire Effects on Organic Matter Content, Soil Chemical Properties and Soil Recovery After Fires 

  • New Methodologies to study Fire Effects On Soil

  • Fire Intensity and Fire Severity Measurements


Xavier Úbeda. Associated Professor, University of Barcelona (


Tentative Symposium Programme

Wednesday, 31 January 2007    

9:00 Registration and Panel organization

10:00 Opening session

10:30 Coffee break

11:00-13:00 Morning session

13:00-14:30 Lunch time

14:30 – 20:00 Afternoon session (PhD Research)

Thursday, 1 February 2007                                                                                                                                                              

10:00 – 12:00 Key Lecture

12:00 Coffee break

12:30-13:30 Panel session

13:00-14:30 Lunch time

14:30 – 15:30 Panel session

15:30 – 19:00 Afternoon session

Friday, 2 February 2007

Excursion to the Gavarres Mountain

9:00 Meeting point

9:30 Departure

11:00 Arrival to Gavarres

13:00 Lunch time (some place around the sites)

14:00 – 18:00 Visit to the experimental sites and discussion

Saturday, 3 February 2007

10:00 – 12:00 Key Lecture

12:00 Coffee break

12:30-13:30 Panel session

13:00-14:30 Lunch time

14:30 – 18:00 Afternoon session

18:00 – 18:30 Conclusions

20:00: Farewell Dinner 



Pre-conference materials: Meeting abstracts and registration forms will be distributed to attendees before the Conference.

Post-Conference publication: We are in contact with some International Journals to publish a selection of papers. Meeting participants are invited to submit the papers directly at the meeting or soon after. 

Registration fees

The registration cost of the conference will be about 250 euros (students 75 euros). It will be free for all the PhD scholarships students who have been accepted to present an oral or panel contribution. 

More details about it will be distributed in the second announcement. 

Accommodation in Barcelona

Residence cost is: estimated in 60 euros per person and day in the Universitary Residences. More information about hostels and hotels is being prepared. 

Other information about it will be distributed in the second announcement


The Meeting will take place at the Geography and History Faculty building of University of Barcelona. The new building will be available next summer (2006), so further details will be given.


The official language of the meeting will be English


  • 31 March 2006: Expression of interest

  • 31 May 2006: Second Circular

  • 31 July 2006: Abstracts due

  • 15 September 2006: Confirmation of accepted abstracts

  • 30 September 2006: Registration

  • 15 December 2006: Third and last circular


The registration form for expression of interest is available in the GRAM web page:


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