PhD Graduate

PhD program:: XXXV

supervisor: Prof. Giovanni Laneve
advisor: Prof. Giovanni Laneve

Thesis title: Boosting the adoption of wildfire risk mapping for wildfire management by demonstrating the socio-economic value of geospatial information

Wildfire risk assessment and mapping, utilizing advanced information from multiple sources and technologies, has proven vital for reducing risk and improving wildfire management. Wildfire managers, confronting increasing stress from climate change and political uncertainties, have at their disposal the science for geospatial information, methods and tools for wildfire risk management. They have not yet, however, collectively and systematically employed such scientific knowledge to full advantage in the prevention and containment of wildfires. They also have neglected the methods and tools that would assist them in grasping the many contributing factors that worsen or mitigate the risk, specifically the critical interactions between the natural variability of climate, environmental factors, and human interventions. A greater awareness of the need for – and value of – collective risk mapping by wildfire managers could prove essential to advance and sustain effective wildfire management both domestically and across national borders. This thesis demonstrates and advances the need for - and value of - risk mapping, and suggests avenues to boost its adaptation by decision-makers across national borders. This overall aim of this work is pursued considering three interrelated specific research objectives: i) how to assess the value of geospatial information for wildfire management; ii) how to assess the socio-economic impact of wildfires or vulnerability; iii) how to develop a framework for valuing risk mapping, mitigating the negative impact of wildfire. This latter objective forms the core focus of this work. A conceptual framework for assessing the value of risk mapping for wildfire management will be advanced based on the research, review, and assessment of the methods conducted in the two previous objectives. The thesis utilizes a literature review and originates the case study of the Liguria Region (Italy).

Research products

11573/1690008 - 2023 - Wildfire hazard mapping in the eastern Mediterranean landscape
Trucchia, Andrea; Meschi, Giorgio; Fiorucci, Paolo; Provenzale, Antonello; Tonini, Marj; Pernice, Umberto - 01a Articolo in rivista
paper: THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF WILDLAND FIRE (International Association of Wildland Fire:4025 Fair Ridge Drive:Fairfax, VA 22033:(785)423-1818, EMAIL:, INTERNET:, Fax: (703)273-9363) pp. 417-434 - issn: 1049-8001 - wos: WOS:000952467800001 (4) - scopus: (0)

11573/1655516 - 2022 - Harmonizing Wildfire Risk Assessment in Western Balkans through the IPAFF Project
Fiorucci, Paolo; Pernice, Umberto; Cvetković, Vladimir M.; Rajkovchevski, Rade - 01h Abstract in rivista
paper: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES PROCEEDINGS (Basel: MDPI AG) pp. - - issn: 2673-4931 - wos: (0) - scopus: (0)

11573/1655645 - 2022 - Barriers and enablers for upscaling coastal restoration
S('(A))Nchez-Arcilla, Agust('(I))N; C('(A))Ceres, Iv('(A))N; Le Roux, Xavier; Hinkel, Jochen; Schuerch, Mark; J Nicholls, Robert; Mar Otero, Del; Staneva, Joanna; De Vries, Mindert; Pernice, Umberto; Briere, Christophe; Caiola, Nuno; Gracia, Vicente; Ib('(A))(~(N))Ez, Carles; Torresan, Silvia - 01a Articolo in rivista
paper: NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS (New York: Elsevier Inc.) pp. 1-15 - issn: 2772-4115 - wos: (0) - scopus: (0)

11573/1408315 - 2016 - Communication strategies to address geohydrological risks: The POLARIS web initiative in Italy
Salvati, P.; Pernice, U.; Bianchi, C.; Marchesini, I.; Fiorucci, F.; Guzzetti, F. - 01a Articolo in rivista
paper: NATURAL HAZARDS AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES (European Geosciences Union:Max-Planckstrasse 13, D 37191 Katlenburg Lin Germany:011 49 55561440, EMAIL:,, INTERNET:,, Fax: 011 49 55564709) pp. 1487-1497 - issn: 1561-8633 - wos: WOS:000424336100001 (14) - scopus: 2-s2.0-84976637289 (15)

11573/1408343 - 2014 - Approaches to communication in response to geo-hydrological risk: the European FP7 LAMPRE project and the Italian POLARIS web initiative
Pernice, U.; Salvati2, P.; Fiorucci2, F.; Bianchi2, C.; Guzzetti, F. - 04d Abstract in atti di convegno
conference: Idrc davos 2014 (Davos, Switzerland)
book: IDRC DAVOS 2014 "Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice" - ()

11573/1408359 - 2012 - An integrated information system for the acquisition, management and sharing of environmental data aimed to decision making
Loggia, G. L.; Arnone, E.; Ciraolo, G.; Maltese, A.; Noto, L.; Pernice, U. - 04b Atto di convegno in volume
conference: Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIV Conference (Edinburgh, gbr)
book: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering - ()

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