Fire effects on Fauna and Vegetation Group Meeting
COST FIRELINKS, 9th – 10th March 2022, Mallorca, Menut
ECOGEOMORPHOLOGICAL CONNECTIVITY AS A TOOL
IN POST-FIRE CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT
Venue and accommodation (organized by local host Joan Estrany and MEDhyCON Research Team; http://medhycon.uib.cat) – Balearic Forestry Center, located in the middle of the Tramuntana Range (Escorca), http://www.caib.es/sites/xarxaforestal/ca/informacio-19072/, nearby the famous Lluc Sanctuary (http://lluc.net).
Nowadays, the important improvements of remote sensing equipment (hyperspectral, multispectral, thermal and LiDAR) as well as modelling image algorithms (Structure from Motion, SfM) let to simultaneous acquisition of vegetation and soil dynamic information that could be integrated to manage the landscape at higher spatial and temporal resolutions, and concretely to design effective strategies for post-fire habitat restoration. Under this context, the connectivity –as a synthetic approach between ecology, hydrology and geomorphology– may provide the framework to reconcile the disparity between erosion rates measured at small spatial scales with rates of denudation at larger spatial scales as well as evaluate cost-effective strategies for catchment management. Thus, for effective management and intervention in catchments a process-based understanding of connectivity is required so that: i) conceptual rather than solely empirical understanding drives how managers interpret a system; and ii) there is an understanding of how continuous flow fields develop under different sets of environmental conditions to enable managers to know when, where and how to intervene successfully in catchment processes to achieve sustainable management. Connectivity is defined as the transfer of matter between two different landscape compartments. In the case of sediment, connectivity encompasses the connected transfer of sediment from a source to a sink in a system via sediment detachment and sediment transport, controlled by how the sediment moves between all geomorphic zones in a landscape. This framework may therefore provide details on how hydrological and sediment movement vectors interact with vegetation to better understand the sensitivity of a catchment to external forces such as wildfires.
Post-fire restoration assessment and management is an urgent and required task to minimize the effects of wildfires in southern Europe, as well an increasing concern for the centre and northern European countries due to the environment effects imposed by the climatic change. It is not really new the importance of the link between plants and soil, however at ecosystem scales this topic was not developed at all, mostly due to the technological and methodological limits.
It is important to take in mind that vegetation is an active factor that can modify by itself the own sediment connectivity, acting as sediment traps, reducing surface energy fluxes and modifying slopes as well soil type and structure. When sediment connectivity is reduced and vegetation covers most of the catchment growth in this case will be also vegetation growth and development will be driven by biotic factors as the own species competence.
In the meeting to be held the next 9th and 10th of March 2022 in Menut (https://www.caib.es/sites/xarxaforestal/ca/informacio-19072/), Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca, Spain, we plan to discuss -in the forefront of earth systems sciences- the interactions between external factors such as wildfires, vegetation and soils under the ecogeomorphological connectivity paradigm, from ecophysiological plant-truth data measurements up to remote-sensing data, in association with continuous monitoring of water, sediment and associated contaminant fluxes in burned catchments.
MAIN TASKS FOR THE PARTICIPANTS
- A short presentation of 20-30 minutes about their topic.
- Discussion after each presentation.
- Proposal of a chapter or paper per participants/teams for a book or Special Issue respectively which will be submitted after the meeting (achievement necessary for the COST Action).
Participants arrival, and transport to the Menut facilities (Balearic Forestry Center). Dinner together at Lluc´s Village (5 min by car from Menut).
From 08:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 9:30 Opening, introduction of the program and participants
09:30 – 10:30 Presentations and discussion of participants
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Presentations and discussion of participants
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 19:00 Excursion to Andratx burned catchment (monitoring of erosion and vegetation recovery), led by MEDhyCON Team
20:00 Dinner in Lluc
From 08:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 10:30 Discussion on COST deliverable Ecogeomorphological connectivity as a tool in post-fire catchment management applicable in different environmental conditions, methodological approaches aiming at low-cost, operational workflow applicable in nature conservation
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Brainstorming on future possible collaborations. Discussion on possible collaboration within the network – another possible joint papers on wildfire effects on flora and fauna by assessing different aspects of ecosystem dynamics over different spatial and temporal scales, metadatabase (sharing the data and ideas), etc. All ideas are welcomed!!
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 Closing the meeting – summary of the meeting as a base for future COST FIRELINKS meetings
14:00 Departure (organized by the local hosts).
Venue and accommodation: Balearic Forestry Center, Menut, Escorca municipality, located in the axis of the Tramuntana Range, http://www.caib.es/sites/xarxaforestal/ca/informacio-19072/, nearby to Lluc Sanctuary (Ma-710 Pollença – Lluc km 17.5), https://goo.gl/maps/W1WNcvYJUAMWNxby8, GPS coordinates: 39°49’50.8″N 2°53’59.3″E
Accommodation (provided by organizers): Simple dormitories at the Balearic Forestry Center (mountain hut), sheets & blankets are provided. Take your own towels and toiletries! There is kitchen and wifi
Catering: Breakfast and coffee break provided by the organizers. Lunch also in Menut, but it must be paid by the participants with the Daily Local Allowance (15€ per lunch). Joint dinners booked in a restaurant at Lluc. Let us know of any food allergies or special diet!
Transport from/to airport: Can be provided by the organizers (let us know your arrival/departure time ahead) or by rental car (car rental is very cheap in Mallorca). There is also some public transport to Lluc but not to the Balearic Forestry Center. Local organizers will have a car and can pick/drop you off if you need (but let us know in advance).
For further details on the venue, ask to Joan Estrany, firstname.lastname@example.org
This remote beautiful place is very small and special, located in the heart of the beautiful Tramuntana Mountains, a UNESCO heritage place in the category of cultural landscape. It is perfect for such an intensive meeting. Looking forward to meet you all there!