—Knowledge of fuel distribution and its
characteristics are essential for fire models and fire management
system especially in the Mediterranean Basin where fires are an
essential environmental task. Several fuel type classifications
have been developed worldwide. Each of them fit the specific
vegetation characteristics and the adopted fire model for the
specific country. Efforts to develop a unique fuel schema in the
Mediterranean Basin shown that is quite complex because of the
structural heterogeneity and complexity of the plant community.
So a well based methodology to describe and map fuel in
Mediterranean is needed. A first application of the methodology
will be Italy. It will be based on a pattern approach at regional
and local scale, obtained by different data cross. Earth
observation data, in particular radar and infrared, will be used
to build up index. Further research will be conducted.
—Forest fire, fuel models, fuel type classification
The authors are with University of Rome „Tor Vergata‟, Department of
Civil Engineering and Computer Engineering, Rome, Italy (e-mail:
Cite: Duka Isida and Ioannilli Maria, "Fuel Type Classification in the Mediterranean Basin Context: State of the Art and Future Research," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 7, no. 7, pp. 546-552, 2016.