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Our researchers, Leónia Nunes and Francisco Castro Rego, together with Pedro Vieira from the NOVA University Lisbon, the coordinator of the EXTREME project, organized a workshop to discuss the importance of volatile organic compounds in wildfires in the Spanish Forest Congress, that took place in Lleida, Spain, from June 27 to July 01. This workshop was an initiative in the framework of the EXTREME FCT project (Influence of forests VOCs in extreme fire behaviour - Reference PCIF/GFC/0175/2017).

The objectives of this workshop were to discuss the potential importance of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in wildfires and to present some results of the EXTREME project by the team.

The workshop was chaired by Pedro Vieira and included presentations on the results at laboratory scale about the importance of biogenic volatiles organic compounds (BVOCS) on forest fuel flammability by Javier Madrigal from the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), Spain; and about the volatile organic compounds and extreme fire behaviour by Bruno Coudour from Poitiers University, France.

The discussion session was enriched with the participations of João Ventura from the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal; Stefano Mazzoleni from the University of Naples, Italy; and John Dold from the Manchester University, United Kingdom.

It was also discussed, in this workshop, how to improve modelling for a better prediction of the fire propagation taking into account the results of the project.

Funding and support:

The work has received funding from the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) under the EXTREME project “Influence of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) on the extreme behavior of forest fires”, with the reference PCIF/GFC/0078/2018

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Workshop video

Monday, 11 July 2022