Split-Dalmatia County

Multicriteria Analysis of Fire Risk in the Split-Dalmatia County

Antonija Netolicki, Tomislav Blažević, Andrija Antolović


Considering the fact that, in the Split-Dalmatia County, forest fires occur very frequently during the tourist season, causing catastrophic damage to the environment, affecting tourism and other industries, this paper will demonstrate how the use of GIS tools can analyse existing data to assess levels of vulnerability to fire in the county. The data collected that affect the outbreak of open fire include: climate (temperature and relative humidity), topography (aspect, slope of the terrain), vegetation (CORINE Land Cover, NDVI) and anthropogenic factors (e.g. roads, railways and settlements). The article shows how ArcInfo GIS software may be used in order to improve preventive measures and operative procedures. These are necessary due to the large numbers of fires that occur in this area during the summer months.

Keywords: Split-Dalmatia County; open fire; reclassification of data; fire cause factors; GIS; multicriteria analysis

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