Spanish network of Adaptive silviculture to climate change. 2019-2021. Redes de Investigación 2018, Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. 19,000 €. Antonio del Campo (coordinator). SilvAdapt.net is a coordinated research infrastructure in Spain that promotes effective Adaptive Forest Management (AFM) strategies. Its main objective is to integrate different active experimental sites in Spain where research into the effects of AFM to thrive with climate change is performed. This consortium will allow the up-scaling and extrapolation of this research to national and transnational levels and will contribute with knowledge, approaches, methodologies and long-term systematic outputs to the development of an analytical framework for adaptive forest management. More info
CEHYRFO-MED. 2018-2020. Submitted in 2017. Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Total budget: 108,000 €. Antonio del Campo (principal investigator). The main research question is: how do representative forest structures in Mediterranean watersheds perform in terms of their eco-hydrology, their resilience to climatic and fire disturbances, as well as their biomass producing capacity, with and without forest management? To answer such questions the project considers the acquisition of experimental data and modeling together with the development of a decision support tool that integrates and optimizes target responses (eco-hydrological, resilience to climate and fire disturbances and, biomass).
LIFE RESILIENT FORESTS. 2018-2022. Submitted in 2017. European Union. LIFE Program. Total project budget: 2,013,973 € (EU contribution: 1,192,420 €). Antonio del Campo (coordinator) and María González (Project manager). The project is focused on improving the resilience of forests to climate change, wildfire, environmental degradation and other climate-induced disturbances, by finding the best forest management strategy. This strategy is chosen by considering not only the ecological needs of the forest, but also the economic and social situation of the rural areas nearby. To that end, the project is developing a many-criteria DSS that helps forests owners to apply the optimum forest management by combining eco-hydrological modeling, forest fire risk and behavior modeling, remote sensing information and hydro-economic modeling. Since the project works at European level, it analyses a wide variety of forests, climates and social-economic realities, which makes the DSS tool very flexible and robust in order to adapt to the particular needs of each region. Experimental field data of at least 3 different regions of Europe are used to develop and test the DSS tool. More info
Green Urban Actions for Resilient fire Defence of the Interface Area. 2018-2021. European Union. UIA Program. Total budget: 5,494,755 € (EU contribution: 4,395,804 €). Coordinator: Ribarroja del Turia municipality. The project takes place in a highly urbanized environment with WUI subjected to risk of forest fires, further impacted by the effects of climate change. The project proposes a set of strategies to improve the resilience of the affected urban areas, reducing fire risk, and limiting its expansion to inhabited areas in case it eventually occurs. This innovative approach is based in preventive, pre-defensive and defensive irrigation and soaking of green barriers in key areas, making use of regenerated water (these are the main research questions). Also, vegetation transformation, control of forest fuels, automated monitoring of forest and weather conditions and self-defense training for the population are at the core of the methodology being used in this project. More info
2016-2020. Funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC Grant number 485176-15) and Ecora Engineering and Resource Group Ltd. Total budget: CAD$127,125. Principal investigator: Dr. Adam Wei. The University of British Columbia, Canada