FIRElinks - Fire in the Earth System: Science & Society

Coordinator: Artemi Cerdà
UTAD/CITAB Coordinator: Mário Jorge Modesto Gonzalez Pereira

FIRElinks will develop the EU-spanning network of scientists and practitioners involved in forest fire research and land management with backgrounds such as fire dynamics, fire risk management, fire effects on vegetation, fauna, soil and water, and socio-economic, historical, geographical, political perception and land management approaches. It will connect communities from different scientific and geographic backgrounds, allowing the discussion of different experiences and the emergence of new approaches to fire research. The main aim of FIRElinks is to power synergistic collaborations between European research groups and stakeholders with the objective to synthesise the existing knowledge and expertise, and to define a concerted research agenda which promotes an integrated approach to create fire-resilient landscapes, taking into account biological, biochemical and-physical, but also socio-economic, historical, geographical, sociological, perception and policy constraints. This is an urgent societal need due to expected further intensification and geographical spreading of wildfire regimes under Global Change.

Project Details


COST Action CA18135



Start date

April 2019


48 months

Funding Entity

European Commission - H2020

CITAB/UTAD Financing



Responsible institution

University of Valencia (ES)


Swansea university (UK)

Hellenic Mediterranean University (EL)

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (NO)

Univeristy of Haifa (IL)

Institute of Soil Science Agrotechnologies and Plant Protection (BG)

Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (PT)

Pau Costa Foundation (ES)

Epoka University (AL)

University of Mons (BE)

Faculty of Forestry, University of Banja Luka (BA)

University of Helsinki (FI)

University of Palermo (IT)