United Nations
International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction
IDNDR Early Warning Programme

Report on Early Warning for
Fire and Other Environmental Hazards

Convener of International Working Group, and first Author*:

Dr. Johann G. Goldammer

Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Biogeochemistry Department
Fire Ecology Research Group, Freiburg University
Freiburg GERMANY

* Contributers are listed in Chapter V

IDNDR Secretariat, Geneva October 1997


CONTENTS

FOREWORD

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

I. INTRODUCTION

General Remarks on Fire Hazard
Recent Major Fire Events and Fire Losses
Impacts of Fire on the Environment
Early Warning Systems in Fire Management and Smoke Management
Relation to Other IDNDR Early Warning Working Group Reports

II. HAZARD ASSESSMENT AS THE BASIS OF RISK ANALYSIS

Fire Danger Rating
Use of Satellite Data to Help Assess Fire Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Active Fire Detection by Satellite Sensors
Atmospheric Pollution Warning
Climate-Change/Fire Risk Modelling
Towards a Global Wildland Fire Information System

III. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

International Initiatives and Non-Binding International Guidelines
Science and Technology Development
Recommendations on Early Warning for Fire and Other Environmental Hazards

IV. REFERENCES

V. LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS


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