Project properties

Title Flood risk management and wildfire prevention
Group Water Systems and Global Change
Project type thesis
Credits 36
Supervisor(s) Hugo Lambrechts (
Carolien Kroeze (
Fulco Ludwig (
Pyros Paparrizos (
Examiner(s) Carolien Kroeze
Contact info Maria del Pozo (
Mengru Wang (
Begin date 2021/03/01
End date
Description Theme introduction

There has been an increase in the occurrence of wildfire events in intensity and size in Europe. This has mainly been a result of climate change (extreme weather conditions), ineffective fuel load management and an increase of people living in what is known as the wildland urban interface (WUI). A shift towards integrated fire management is necessary. Integrated fire management consists of science-based decision making by multidisciplinary teams through cooperation and collaboration of parties involved and affected. The main focus is on prevention of wildfire through awareness and fuel load reduction which decreases the cost of firefighting in the long term. An interesting angle is to integrate lessons from flood prevention in fire prevention.

Projects & possibilities for students

Research at WSG focuses on lessons learned from flood risk and water management, assessing current wildfire prevention measures, challenges and opportunities, the co-production of fire prevention climate information services and payment for ecosystem services in the context of fire prevention.�

Students can be involved by carrying out a small part of the ongoing projects in their thesis. This can be focused on social research methods or data analysis on future fire risks. For example, governance and stakeholder involvement in wildfire prevention, literature review to identify best practices from different sectors and fire prevention, data analysis of Fire Weather Indices for various cases studies. We also expect students that are interested to come up with their own topics and study cases close to the theme. Some questions we try to answer, are:

- How can Payment for ecosystem�services (PES) incentives make wildfire prevention more attractive?�
- How do stakeholders collaborate in wildfire prevention?
- What lessons can be learned from water management for integrated fire management?
- How can climate information services make wildfire prevention more attractive for communities living in the wildland urban interfaces?
- How will fire risks change by 2050 and 2100?

Used skills Possible methods used in the thesis:
- Indicator development & analysis
- Sensitivity analysis
- scenario analysis
- Data processing & analysis
- Field studies & experiments
- Case study analysis
- Systematic literature review
- Policy document analysis
- Social network analysis
- Interviews, surveys & focus groups
- Mixed methods