REMAS performs experimental burnings to analyse fire behaviour

The Interreg SUDOE REMAS project analyses and studies the fire behaviour with the aim of understanding its effects on the soil-vegetation binomial. To this end, experts of the co-financed project with European funds, they are studying different measures to fix carbon so that the forest recovers as favourably as possible.

Eugenia Gimeno, a researcher at the Centre for Desertification Research CIDE of the University of Valencia, explains that "within the framework of the REMAS project, the CIDE has implemented experimental fires at the La Concordia station in the municipality of Llíria". The methodology makes it possible to characterise the initial state of the system, measure different fire parameters such as temperature, flame height or speed of propagation. To do this, sensors are installed in the field to provide the necessary data to draw conclusions in a more accurate way. The changes that take place in the system are analysed through the analysis of soil samples before and after the fire, the recovery of vegetation, and the application of measures that contribute to the protection of the soil.

Gimeno explains that "in this way, changes in soil properties can be studied and the evolution of both soil and vegetation can be monitored over several years, especially in the carbon cycle and erosion". The study will contribute to the establishment of an action plan to minimise GHG emissions.

The REMAS project is co-financed by the Interreg Sudoe Programme through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Association of Forest Municipalities of the Comunitat Valenciana (AMUFOR, lead partner) works together with partners such as the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV-ITACA), the University of Valencia (UV-CIDE), the Provincial Council of Valencia (DIVAL), the National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Technology, the National Centre of CSIC (INIA-CSIC), the Municipality of Loulé (CML), the Higher Institute of Agronomy (ISA), the Bordeaux National School of Agronomic Sciences (Bordeaux Science Agro), as well as with partner entities from different areas of the SUDOE territory.