International Conference on Forest Fires and WUI Fires

International Conference on Forest Fires and WUI Fires

25- 27 May 2016 Aix-en-Provence, France

About the Conference
Following the first ForestFire conference focused on WUI fires in 2013, the second edition of the conference on fire risk assessment, modelling, mapping and management in wild lands and WUI will take place in Aix-en-Provence, from May 25th to May 27th 2016.
Forest fire risk has two components: hazard and vulnerability. Because interfaces are areas where massive fuels and highly vulnerable objects are co-locate, in complex spatial structures, assessment of interfaces vulnerabilities is a key factor for land management decision support. If hazard is a stochastic quantity, vulnerability is a deterministic attribute of objects prone to the risk: the stakes. Stakes may be either anthropogenic objects, like houses or infrastructures, or natural objects, like wild spices or ecosystems. In both cases, they have a value, either economical or functional, that allows quantifying vulnerability relatively to other stakes. Many other concepts may be included into or related to the vulnerability: resistance, resilience, exposure, defendability, etc. Following the first ForestFire conference focused on WUI fires in 2013, this second conference will try to sum up the scientific knowledge related to WUI fires and to forest fire threatening WUI, and will favor exchanges between researchers and risk managers, security services and general decision-makers on this topic.


  • Vulnerability of anthropogenic infrastructures (networks, dwellings,…)
  • Experimental assessment of vulnerability
  • WUI/RUI fuel, ornamental species combustibility and flammability
  • Models of vulnerability
  • Exposure assessment
  • Physical Fire Models for vulnerability Assessment
  • Post fire damages assessment
  • Post fire intensity assessment
  • Defenses and defendability. Firefighting within WUI/RUI
  • Fuel brakes for WUI/RUI protection
  • Role of agricultural spaces in WUI/RUI protection
  • Forest management to mitigate vulnerability
  • Resilience of anthropogenic stakes
  • Land management and risk planning to limit vulnerability
  • WUI/RUI spatial structures and vulnerabilities
  • Remote sensing and Spatial Analysis of WUI/RUI and vulnerabilities
  • From WUI to RUI: definitions of “interfaces” and consequences on vulnerabilities
  • Etc.

Abstract submission:

  • Abstract should be no longer than 350 words
  • Abstract should be written in English or French
  • The document should include the following items only in this order:
    • Abstract Title (which should be in lower case, bold and centred)
    • Authors (Add a blank line before the author list. Authors’ names should be listed with initials of first names only followed by the last names in full. Authors should be separated by commas. Centre the author list and put an * after the presenting author)
    • Affiliations (Affiliations should follow on the next line without a blank line. For each affiliation, the maximum level of detail should be the name of the organization, institute or department and country, email address. Full street addresses should not be included. Affiliations should be italicised. Superscript numbers should be used as a key to affiliate names to organizations.)
    • Abstract main text
  • Times Roman font in 10pt size and single line spacing should be used throughout the document.
  • Inclusion of embedded figures is accepted. Figures should be of good quality and high resolution. Figures should be embedded in the main text file.
  • The total file size should not exceed 5 MB
  • Abstract must be submitted in this webpage: or sent

Important dates:

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts:31 January 2016
  • Notification of acceptance of papers: 1 March 2016
  • Early bird registration: 1 February 2016


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