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1 Universidad de Santiago de Compostela 2 Centro de Investigação e de Tecnologias Agro-Ambientais e Biológicas 3 Universidad de Oviedo 4 Universidad de León

Abstract : ContextDensity management diagrams DMDs are useful for designing, displaying and evaluating alternative density management regimes for a given stand-level management objective. The inclusion of variables related to crown fire potential within DMDs has not previously been considered.AimsThe aim of this study was to include isolines of variables related to crown fire initiation and spread in DMDs to enable identification of stand structures associated with different types of wildfire.MethodsBiometric and fuel data from maritime pine Pinus pinaster Ait. stands in NW Spain were used to construct DMDs. Different surface and crown fire behaviour models were used together to estimate crown fire potential.ResultsThe crown fire potential varied greatly throughout development of the maritime pine stands. Low stands were more prone to crowning. The type of crown fire was mainly determined by stand density.ConclusionThe DMDs developed can be used to identify relationships between stand structure and crown fire potential, thus enabling the design of thinning schedules aimed at reducing the likelihood of crowning.





Author: Ibán Gómez-Vázquez - Paulo M. Fernandes - Manuel Arias-Rodil - Marcos Barrio-Anta - Fernando Castedo-Dorado -

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