We are very excited to offer a full day field trip to our conference attendees on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019. You can sign up for the field trip at the time of registering for the conference. The price includes lunch and transportation.
Field trip size is limited, so register early to guarantee your spot.
The field trip will encompass:
In August 2016, a fire due to negligence started in the WUI of Rognac (NE of Marseille) and, driven by a strong wind and by exceptionally dry and warm climatic conditions, burned almost 3000 ha, mostly in urbanized area, in a few hours. These severe meteorological conditions entailed difficult firefighting operations, already hampered by a lack of resources due to several aircrafts grounded for maintenance and by six other fires burning at the same time in the area. The fire impacted six communities, ending up in the outskirts of Marseille, some 15 km away from its ignition point. Besides the exceptional size for a WUI fire, what mostly characterized the Rognac fire was its propagation through the WUI to the core of the urban areas, becoming more an “urban fire” than a “WUI fire”. The fire propagation mainly occurred through ornamental vegetation such as the ornamental hedges located along the roads that led to buildings causing much damage. In total, 26 homes were destroyed and 155 partially damaged, often because of the poor positioning of ornamental trees or hedges and sometimes combined with a lack of clear-cutting.
The fire, due to arson, occurred in the end of afternoon on Monday September 5, 2016 in the Marseille WUI area in the Calanques National Park and burned 300 ha of vegetation throughout the park. The massive involvement of aerial and ground firefighting means prevented the fire to spread to the urban area of Cassis, which is located SE of Marseille, limiting the damage in the WUI (only one house burned) in spite of severe climate conditions.
Created in 2012 and partly located in the outskirts of Marseille, the Calanques National Park is the first European Suburban National Park. This protected space is composed of limestone and pudding stone cliffs, coves (also called “calanques”) and small islands. The boat trip in the calanques will allow you to get a different look to the amazing landscape of the national park.