Workshop on stochastic mapping of bushfires

29 & 30 Jan 2018

Within the Framework of the EU (Marie Curie RISE) GEOSAFE Project, we would like to invite you to attend a two day Workshop on Stochastic Mapping of Bush Fires to be held on 29 and 30 January 2018, at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.

Background of GEOSAFE Project

In EU and Australia, every year thousands of square miles of forests and other lands burn due to wildfires. These fires cause important economic and ecological losses, and often, human casualties. Both EU and Australian governments are aware of how crucial it is to improve wildfires’ management and containment . Scientists from different specialties, both in EU and Australia, have already developed methods and models in order to improve the management and decision process pertaining to preparedness and response phases in case of bushfire.

The present project, named Geospatial based Environment for an Optimisation System Addressing Fire Emergencies (GEO SAFE), aims at creating a network enabling the two regions to exchange knowledge, ideas and experience, thus boosting the progress of wildfires knowledge and the related development of innovative methods for dealing efficiently with such fires.

The first project work package involves developing a dynamic risk cartography of a region with regard to the possibility of a wildfire. The task will involve data collection (satellite and remote sensors), risk analysis and development of a tool enabling to forecast fire extension, and in particular to predict fire and risk evolution during the response phase. ITC is the coordinator of this work-package.

Workshop focus

The Workshop will focus on the activities falling under project work package 1 (Stochastic Cartography), and it offers a combination of presentations by WP1 contributors and discussions on future activities.
The WP 1 contributors are:

  • ITC, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.
  • RMIT, Royal Melbourne Institute for Technology, Melbourne, Australia
  • Pau Costa Foundation, Tivissa, Spain
  • EFM, (Entente pour la Forêt Méditerranéenne) Valabre, France

Colleagues representing these partners have tentatively indicated their attendance at the workshop.

The presentations will include those from the ITC staff members who have already taken part in GEOSAFE exchange missions:

  • Prof. Dr. Alfred Stein
  • Valentina Cerutti, MSc
  • Dr. Thomas Groen


See programme

Notification of attendance

In order to prepare for the workshop we kindly ask you to let us know before the 15th of December 2017 (by e-mail to Teresa Brefeld: if you would like to participate in the workshop, describing your background in the topic and explaining how you feel you could contribute. Priority for places will be given to members of the GEOSAFE consortium.

Participants will be responsible for the costs of travel to the workshop and their accommodation. Hotel space is generally scarce in Enschede, but we have identified the following option for you:

ITC student Hotel (IIH)
In walking distance from train station and Faculty ITC, at Euro 63.71 (per night, single room, incl. VAT, breakfast and tourist tax). This option will be available through ultimately 15 December 2017; reservation can be made by sending an email to stating date of arrival and departure.
Earth Observation Science Department,
ITC Faculty, University of Twente, Hengelosestraat 99, 7514 AE  Enschede, The Netherlands
Point of Contact: Teresa Brefeld,  Tel: +31 (0)53 – 487 4358 E-mail:

Event starts: Monday 29 January 2018 at 00:00
Event ends: Tuesday 30 January 2018 at 00:00
Venue: ITC
City where event takes place: Enschede
Country where event takes place: Netherlands

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