Grid: A Geographic Raster Image Database to Support Fire Risk Evaluation in Mediterranean Environment

  • P. Carrara
  • P. Madella
  • A. Miuccio
  • A. Rampini
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 365)


Forest fires, their frequency and intensity are one of the most important agencies of environmental degradation in the Mediterranean. Fire risk mapping is a powerful tool for the prevention of wildfires. The FI.R.E.M.EN. (FIre Risk Evaluation in Mediterranean ENvironment) project, sponsored by the E.E.C.- D.G. XII, purposes to define and develop the prototypal components of a decision support system for fire risk studies in the Mediterranean environment. It combines evaluation of remotely sensed data and geographic information, and by using dynamic modelling of the fire spread.

In the project framework, it has been decided to design and implement a database able to manage both still images and textual data; the main database purpose is to make as easy as possible the identification of files to be used or produced by the various steps of the risk map production process. In the database, called GRID (Geographic Raster Image Database), a friendly query environment is available; it has been designed in order to allow the user:
  • to retrieve all images concerning an area by simply selecting this area on a map with the mouse;

  • to retrieve all images “covering” a significant structure on a map (a river, a town, etc.) by selecting its name in a list.

The database architecture is relational and a traditional query environment allows expert users to deeply specify query constraints by expressing SQL queries.

GRID allows also easy communication with the other FI.R.E.M.EN. modules.


Author Schema Fire Risk Mediterranean Environment Natural Park Geographic Entity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Carrara
    • 1
  • P. Madella
    • 1
  • A. Miuccio
    • 1
  • A. Rampini
    • 1
  1. 1.ITIMCNRMilanItaly

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