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Forest fire danger

Indicator Specification Created 11 Jul 2008 Published 08 Sep 2008 Last modified 04 Sep 2015, 06:59 PM
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Indicator codes: CLIM 035

Update planned for November 2012

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Justification for indicator selection

Wildfires are a serious threat to forests and ecosystems in Europe and climate is the most important driving force affecting fire potential changes over time (Flannigan et al., 2000). Although it is generally recognised that the occurrence of forest fires in Europe is due mainly to causes of an anthropogenic nature, the total burned area changes significantly from year to year largely because of weather conditions. Changes in fire regimes may have strong impacts on natural resources and ecosystem stability, with consequent direct and indirect economic losses. On other hand active forest and fire management practices can counteract the impacts of a changing climate to some extent.

Scientific references

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Indicator definition

  • Average annual changes in fire danger level 1958-2006
  • Modelled three-monthly fire danger levels in Europe for 1961-1990 and 2071-2100 and change between these periods


Policy context and targets

Context description

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Related policy documents

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Data specifications

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Methodology uncertainty

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Rationale uncertainty

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Further work

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General metadata

Responsibility and ownership

EEA Contact Info

Hans-Martin Füssel


Joint Research Centre (JRC)
European Environment Agency (EEA)


Indicator code
CLIM 035
Version id: 1
Primary theme: Climate change Climate change


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DPSIR: Impact
Typology: Descriptive indicator (Type A - What is happening to the environment and to humans?)

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