Workshop on Mathematics & Wild Fires

08/11/2018 a 09/11/2018 UCoimbra


Organising Committee:

Isabel Narra de Figueiredo (CIM and CMUC/University of Coimbra) - Chair

José Francisco Rodrigues (CMAFcIO/University of Lisbon and CIM)

José Augusto Ferreira (APMTAC and CMUC/University of  Coimbra)

Domingos Xavier Viegas (ADAI and University of Coimbra)


In 2017,  Portugal, mainly the center of Portugal,  where the city of Coimbra is localised, was devastated by terrible wild fires. This tragedy has affected all the Portuguese society  that is now extremely  engaged in avoiding future similar and dramatic events.

Mathematics can play a significant role  in  predicting  fire behaviour and spread, as well as, in defining suitable strategies to prevent and combat fires. Since the main activities of CIM include sponsoring events, and  organising lectures for the Mathematical  community,  this Workshop on Mathematics & Wild Fires is an event of the utmost importance in Portugal.

This Workshop on Mathematics & Wild Fires is also  a satellite event of the  VIII International Conference on FOREST FIRE RESEARCH
(Coimbra, Portugal, 10-16 November 2018).

We invite all researchers interested in Mathematics and Wild Fires to participate in this workshop organised by CIM in cooperation with CMUC (Centre for Mathematics of the University of Coimbra),
CMAF-CIO (Center for Mathematics, Fundamental Applications and Operations Research) and APMTAC (Portuguese Association of Theoretical, Applied and Computational Mechanics).



November 8 
15:00-15:45 Alberto Bressan (Penn State University, USA), Dynamic blocking problems for a model of fire confinement
16:00-16:45 Steen Markvorsen (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark),  A Finsler geometric paradigm for wildfire spread modelling
16:45-17:15 Coffee Break
17:15-18:00 Gianni Pagnini (Basque Center for Applied Mathematics, Spain), Fire-spotting modelling for regional-scale wildfire simulators: a case study with WRF-Sfire
November 9
9:30-10:15 Wenceslao Manteiga (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain), Using statistics and optimization techniques to fight against wildfires in Galicia
10:30-11:15 Maria Antónia Turkman (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), Statistical methods towards the construction of decision tools to assist wildfire management
11:15-11:45 Coffee Break
11:45-12:30 Dominique Morvan (Aix-Marseille Université, France), Wildfires physics and modelling
12:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:15 Mélanie Rochoux (CECI, CNRS-CERFACS, France), Overview and challenges of data-driven wildland fire spread modeling
15:30-16:15 Final Session: Challenges, Open Problems, Scientific Interaction
16:15 Coffee Break

Acknowledgement: Partially supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia

Edited/published: 10/11/2018