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The compound event that triggered the destructive fires of October 2017 in Portugal

Ramos, Alexandre M. 1; Russo, Ana; DaCamara, Carlos C.; Nunes, Silvia; Sousa, Pedro; Soares, P. M. M.; Lima, Miguel M.; Hurduc, Alexandra; Trigo, Ricardo M.
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Portugal is regularly affected by destructive wildfires that have severe social, economic, and ecological impacts. The total burnt area in 2017 (∼540,000 ha) marked the all-time record value since 1980 with a tragic toll of 114 fatalities that occurred in June and October events. The local insurance sector declared it was the costliest natural disaster in Portugal with payouts exceeding USD295 million. Here, the 2017 October event, responsible for more than 200,000 ha of burnt area and 50 fatalities is analyzed from a compound perspective. A prolonged drought led to preconditioned cumulative hydric stress of vegetation in October 2017. In addition, on 15 October 2017, two other major drivers played a critical role: 1) the passage of hurricane Ophelia off the Coast of Portugal, responsible for exceptional meteorological conditions and 2) the human agent, responsible for an extremely elevated number of negligent ignitions. This disastrous combination of natural and anthropogenic drivers led to the uncontrolled wildfires observed on 15 October.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000156929
Veröffentlicht am 16.03.2023
DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.106141
Zitationen: 10
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung Troposphärenforschung (IMKTRO)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsdatum 17.03.2023
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2589-0042
KITopen-ID: 1000156929
HGF-Programm 12.11.33 (POF IV, LK 01) Regional Climate and Hydrological Cycle
Erschienen in iScience
Verlag Cell Press
Band 26
Heft 3
Seiten Art.-Nr.: 106141
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