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
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.
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: