The EARSeL Special Interest Group on Forest Fires (FF-SIG) was created in 1995, following the initiative of several researchers studying fires in Mediterranean Europe. The FF-SIG which currently represents one of the most active groups within EARSeL promotes the integration of advanced technologies and the production of satellite-derived products for the benefit of forest managers, researchers, local governments and global organisations.
In this context, the FF-SIG (since its foundation) organises workshops and promotes research through specialised publications. The nine workshops organized by the group, so far, were held in Alcalá de Henares (1995), Luso (1998), Paris (2001), Ghent (2003), Zaragoza (2005), Thessaloniki (2007), Matera (2009), Stresa (2011) and Coombe Abbey (2013).
These workshops resulted in outstanding progress made in forest fire research. As a result, selected papers presented in these technical meetings were included in a number of special issues of scientific journals related to forest fires and remote sensing such as the International Journal of Remote Sensing, the Remote Sensing of Enviroment, the Journal of Geophysical Research, the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, the International Journal of Wildland Fire (special section), and MDPI Remote Sensing (in progress).
As a consequence of the close collaboration between the EARSeL FF-SIG and the GOFC-GOLD Fire Implementation Team (GOFC-GOLD Fire IT), a number of GOFC-GOLD Fire IT meetings were organised during the FF-SIG workshops in the recent years.
The Special Interest Group Forest Fires is chaired by Ioannis Gitas (Laboratory of Forest Management and Remote Sensing, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece).