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Public lands as a mitigator of wildfire burned area using a spatio-temporal model applied in Sardinia

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In the last decades, wildfire hazards have increased to dangerous levels, becoming the focus of debate among policymakers both at the local and national levels. This paper proposes a Spatio-temporal approach to study the determinants of fire size distributions taking Sardinia as a case study in the time span 1998–2009. Special attention is devoted to socio-economic factors of local communities where wildfires occurred. The main finding of this study is that the proportion of public lands in a given municipality tends to mitigate the extent of the burned area. In addition, communities with a higher percentage of people employed in the primary sector are less likely to experience large burned extents.

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Serra, L., Detotto, C. & Vannini, M. Public lands as a mitigator of wildfire burned area using a spatio-temporal model applied in Sardinia. Lett Spat Resour Sci (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12076-022-00315-7

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Keywords

  • Burned area
  • INLA
  • Sardinia
  • Spatio-temporal model
  • Wildfires

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