Forest Fires Causes, Effects, Monitoring, Precautions and Rehabilitation Activities
In this book titled “Forest Fires: Causes, Effects, Monitoring, Precautions and Rehabilitation Activities” containing a total of 17 sections, forest fires were discussed considering a wide range of interdisciplinary aspects. Following the first section focusing on causes, organization and management of mega forest fires, the effects of climate change on fires, the use of information technologies, forest susceptibility and risk mapping techniques, changes in forest soil after a fire, early warning and response strategies using remote sensing technologies, spatial analysis of fires that occurred in summer 2021, fire risk analysis for Istanbul Princes Islands, changes in forest soil after a fire and reforestation studies, the effects of fires on wildlife, the legal dimensions of forest fires were addressed in the book. In addition, the effects of forest fires on tourism, which has a significant share in the national income, was also analyzed extensively based on up-to-date data. With this section, the economic effects of forest fires were investigated in the context of tourism; thus, an important gap in the literature was fulfilled. In the last part of the book, the final decisions and recommendations taken by the nine working groups at the “Workshop on Forest Fires in the Process of Climate Change” organized by the General Directorate of Forestry on October 13-15, 2021 were presented. The decisions taken at the workshop are regarded as the course of action for forest fire policies in the upcoming years. For this book, covering forest fires at great extent and regarded to be an important resource for future studies, I would like to express my gratitude to all the authors and reviewers who have contributed to the improvement of the sections with their views and comments. I am also deeply grateful to Prof. Dr. Muzaffer Şeker, president of Turkish Academy of Sciences, who has entrusted the editorial position to me for this important work and has not withheld his support throughout the whole process.
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