GEO-SAFE Secondment in Australia


The 12nd of September the Pau Costa Foundation started a secondment of the GEO-SAFE H2020 Project in the RMIT-Melbourne (School of Science Cluster, Department of Mathematical Science) for 5 months. The main objective of this stay is to collaborate in the development of models on stochastic cartography to improve end-users response (WP1). PCF will also explore opportunities to network with the Australian partners in different projects.

These are the meeting and the events carried out in the frame of GEO-SAFE project during the secondment:

Fire management analysis and exchange of experiences and lessons learnt

  • Forest Fire Management Group (FFMG), 19th September, Melbourne (link)
  • Meeting with Burnology developers, 28th September, Melbourne
  • Attendance to the Research Advisory Forum 2017 – 25th October, Melbourne (link)
  • Meeting with Jason Sharples and Sébastian Lahaye, 25th October, Melbourne (link)

Awareness communication and education

  • Exchange of knowledge on Community Engagement in Wildfires in Chile, Australia and Europe, 18th September, Geelong (link)
  • Knowledge exchange with Irene Strodthoff, PhD on Emergency Journalism in Chile seconded in RMIT, 2nd October

End-users involvement in research projects

  • Visit to Komorama Park and Marysville with Euan Ferguson (IAWF Board Member and former CFA Chief Officer) to analyse the Black Saturday episode, 30th September

Promotion of exchanges between Australia and Europe

  • Meeting with Euan Ferguson (IAWF Board Member and former CFA Chief Officer), John Handmer (RMIT Melbourne) and John Hearne (link)

Research Exchanges on Fire Modelilng

  • Meeting with John Hearne (RMIT) and Andrea Duane (CTFC)
  • Meeting with Pep Canadell, the Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project and CSIRO Research Scientist, Canberra, 24th October

PCF CLIPS, communication #WildlandFires and their surroundings

In the age of digital communication, we are all immersed in a constant flow of news, images and data that often pass so quickly that a reflection, that is often necessary, is not possible.

In this communication project of the Pau Costa Foundation on Wildland Fires and its surroundings, which we have given the name PCF CLIPS we try to communicate in a friendlier way by a fusion of image + music + text that we hope will reach the receivers in a calmer way that encourages reading and reflection.

The texts are by various authors, people who are recognized for their important contributions to the Forest Fire community and its environment, which through conferences, communications and interviews have made their knowledge available.

The drawings are from the fund, Art & Fire of the Pau Costa Foundation, also of various authors, remarkably Josep Serra Tarragón for his great contribution to the fund.

The music, which is royalty free, has been selected considering the objectives that are intended with this PCF CLIPS communication.

See all #PCF_Clips here:

We hope you enjoy it.

PCF Team

II Encuentro Nacional de BBFF


El pasado 12, 13 y 14 de mayo se celebró el II Encuentro Nacional de Bomberos Forestales en el municipio de El Espinar (Segovia) organizado por la ATBRIF. Dicho encuentro contó con una exposición fotográfica, La I Bomberos Forestales RACE, un ciclo de conferencias, una dinámica de grupo en el Monumento a los Bomberos Forestales situado en esa localidad y una visita por el Parque Nacional de Guadarrama.


La Pau Costa Foundation fue invitada a dicho evento al que acudieron diferentes miembros de la misma (Cristina Montiel, Víctor Ubiedo y Jordi López), participando además en la mesa redonda que ponía fin al ciclo de conferencias.


Unas jornadas interesantes que fomentan el intercambio de experiencias entre diferentes profesionales de la extinción de incendios forestales y que esperemos se sigan realizando por muchos años.

¡Gracias a la ATBRIF por tener presente a la Pau Costa Foundation en la participación a este evento!

Distinción en Incendios Forestales



Today our tasks on wildfire training & internationalisation have been acknowledged by the ISPC (Institute of Public Security of Catalonia). This award is the result of the efforts done by all our members of the wildfire community that contribute to our project. Thanks to all!

Anualmente, el Institut de Seguretat Pública de Catalunya (ISPC) otorga una distinciones con la finalidad de reconocer merecimientos, circunstancias singulares o servicios prestados a aquellas personas que, de manera individual o colectiva, han colaborado con esta entidad en formación, estudio o investigación científica en el ámbito de la seguridad o se han distinguido de forma destacada en estos ámbitos.

Este año, el ISPC ha otorgado esta distinción a la Pau Costa Foundation, entre otros, por el trabajo continuo de colaboración con el ISPC y la Escuela de Bombers i Protecció Civil, realizado con la voluntad de impulsar la investigación, la creación y la difusión del conocimiento relacionado con la gestión de los incendios forestales y su evolución, a partir de capitalizar la experiencia acumulada por los propios servicios operativos de extinción.  Por su apuesta en poner al ISPC y a la Escuela de Bombers i Protecció Civil en contacto con otras escuelas, entidades y servicios de bomberos de Europa para fomentar el intercambio de conocimientos y experiencias, y por promover la mejora en el ámbito de la extinción de los incendios forestales. En resumen, por su compromiso en participar en los programas formativos de los Bomberos de la Generalitat de Catalunya que tienen una repercusión directa en la seguridad de su trabajo y en la mejora del nivel de eficacia en sus actuaciones. 

¡Gracias y Enhorabuena a tod@s los que formáis parte de esta Fundación!


WUI Fires in July 2015

Author: Jordi Vendrell, R&D Department in Pau Costa Foundation.

July has been a month with high activity in WUI Fires in all the Mediterranean Basin, but especially in Iberian Peninsula, Greece and France with some small fires in Italy. Here we’ve done a little report summarizing the activity with the links to photos, videos and news.

In France, fires affected mainly the south of the country from Gironde Department to Bouches-du-Rhône and Var Department, but also in Dijon area. Fire caused around 10.000 evacuations in Var and burned near 500 hectares at 30 km from Bordeaux. Velaux (Bouches-du-Rhône) was also affected with 30 ha burned, and 160 ha were burned in Chênove (near Dijon).

  • Bouches-du-Rhône

  • Côte-d’or

  • Gironde

  • Var

Iberian Peninsula had WUI Fires activity in northeast (Aragón and Catalonia) and south (Extremadura and Andalucía). In the south, fires affected mainly rural interfaces:

  • Lújar (Granada)
  • Plasencia

Plasencia Fire. Source: El Diario

In the north part, fires affected WUI areas in Catalonia, where fires in Girona and in the backyard of Barcelona were the most covered by media. Forest fire in Luna (13000 ha) and Òdena (1200ha) has been the largest fires in this area. Luna fire burned a large forest and agricultural area, affecting rural-urban interface with the evacuation of some small villages. Òdena fire burned also a large forest and agricultural area but with affectation of WUI areas when fire went against to a residential area.

  • Girona

Girona Fire. Sources: @324cat (left), @DiarideGirona (right)
Girona Fire. Sources: @324cat (left), @DiarideGirona (right)
  • Collserola

  • Odena

Odena Fire. Source: Reuters.
Odena Fire. Source: Reuters
  • Luna

Greece was also affected, with fires near Athens.

  • Athens

Athens Fire. Source: Reuters
Athens Fire. Source: Reuters

Italy had a small fire near Rome that caused the block and chaos in Fiumicino Airport

  • Roma