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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2021-22

This course aims to describe the important role of fire in forest ecosystems. The effects of fire on nutrient dynamics and water balance, how they impact on the different soil horizons, and what is the short and long term response of vegetation and wildlife. An ecosystem view of the resilience of forest ecosystems in terms of the intensity of the disturbance is delivered. Environmental assessment and analysis of sectoral recovery plans are made. Criteria for managing fire are provided from its traditional use to monitoring and fire prevention in most vulnerable areas. Finally, guidelines for restoring burned areas are explained.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

General Competences (CG)

  • CG1 : Capacity for scientific analysis and synthesis.
  • CG3 : Oral and written communication of the proposals for action.


Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE19 : Apply Ecology to the conservation and restoration of ecosystems.
  • CE22 : Calculate and manage ecosystem status indicators.
  • CE28 : Improve one's ability to write scientific articles: Find information, analyse documentation, interpreting and drafting techniques.


Generic Degree Course Competences

  • B14 : Motivación por la calidad.
  • B9 : Capacidad de razonamiento y extracción de conclusiones.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2021-22

General Purpose

- Providing a historical approach to fires in the Mediterranean region and their implications in shaping the landscape as well as an overview of fire in Mediterranean ecosystems.

- Provide an overview of ecosystem resilience of forest ecosystems in terms of the intensity of the disturbance.

Transversal objectives

- Develop professional and scientific ability to address current environmental problems related to forest fires.

- Develop skills for communication, work and scientific discussion.

- Develop skills for bibliographic search and processing information related to forest fires.




Code: 36011
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 2,50
Theoretical credits: 0,80
Practical credits: 0,00
Distance-base hours: 1,70

Departments involved

  • Dept: ECOLOGY
    Area: ECOLOGY
    Theoretical credits: 0,8
    Practical credits: 0
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

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