Natural Hazards

, Volume 72, Issue 1, pp 87–107 | Cite as

Assessment of extreme weather events on transport networks: case study of the 2007 wildfires in Peloponnesus

  • Evangelos Mitsakis
  • Iraklis Stamos
  • Anestis Papanikolaou
  • Georgia Aifadopoulou
  • Haris Kontoes
Original Paper

Abstract

This paper deals with the 2007 wildfires that hit Peloponnesus, the southern peninsula of Greece, presenting an overview of the impacts in terms of infrastructural damages and human injuries and losses. Network performance and components’ criticality analyses are used to assess the effects of the fires in vehicular traffic and the overall transport network. The crisis and emergency management of the event are discussed in depth, highlighting potential gaps and possibilities for future improvement. The paper concludes with a presentation of the adaptation measures that succeeded the event in terms of recovery plans, national efforts on fire prevention programs and wildfire management.

Keywords

Extreme weather event impacts Transport networks Peloponnesus 2007 wildfires 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evangelos Mitsakis
    • 1
  • Iraklis Stamos
    • 1
  • Anestis Papanikolaou
    • 1
  • Georgia Aifadopoulou
    • 1
  • Haris Kontoes
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Research and Technology HellasHellenic Institute of TransportThermi, ThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.National Observatory of AthensInstitute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote SensingAthensGreece

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