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dc.contributor.authorRodrigues Mimbrero, Marcos
dc.contributor.authorGonzález-Hidalgo, José Carlos
dc.contributor.authorPeña-Angulo, Dhais
dc.contributor.authorJiménez-Ruano, Adrián
dc.description.abstractIn this paper we present a detailed spatial assessment of the association between atmospheric synoptic conditions (the weather types, WT) and fires on the Spanish mainland. The WT approach allows the continuum of atmospheric fields to be compressed into a few comprehensive patterns, providing meaningful information on the movement of air masses, wind direction and, ultimately, wind speed. We analyzed a total of 291,547 individual fires from the official Spanish Fire database (1974–2014) and corresponding daily WT patterns on the Iberian Peninsula from the daily NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis database, 1951–2015. Underlying spatial patterns of association among fire and weather types were explored by means of self-organizing maps (SOM) coupled to hierarchical clustering. Our analyses have detected that fires tend to occur and become largermore likely under certain atmospheric conditions suggesting that specific weather patterns can promote or boost fire events. From a pyrogeographical point of view, the contribution of WTs to wildfires on the Spanish mainland seems to be highly diverse, and displays several temporal and spatial patterns. The northwest region responds mostly to eastern flows during summer and southern during winter. Fires in the northern Mediterranean coast are promoted by northerly flows while in southern regions fires are linked to C or SE extreme heat episodes during summer. Overall, fires activity usually increases in the lee ward of mountain ranges depending on the prevalent flow from WTs, and thus related to adiabatic heating of the air flow.ca_ES
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work is supported by the projects CGL2014-52135-C3-3-R and CGL2017-83866-C3-1-R, financed by the Spanish Government, Ministry of Economy and Finance and FEDER, and the Regional Council of Aragón DGA-FSE (Grupo de Investigación Consolidado ‘Clima, Agua, Cambio Global y Sistemas Naturales’). Marcos Rodrigues Mimbrero is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Juan de la Cierva program supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Finance (FJCI-2016-31090); Adrian Jiménez-Ruano is a granted FPU-PhD student (Ref. 13/06618).ca_ES
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dc.relation.ispartofAgricultural and Forest Meteorology, 2019, vol. 264, p. 92-103ca_ES
dc.rightscc-by-nc-nd (c) Rodrigues Mimbrero, Marcos et al., 2018ca_ES
dc.subjectWeather typeca_ES
dc.subjectFire seasonca_ES
dc.subjectSynoptic circulationca_ES
dc.subjectCluster analysisca_ES
dc.titleIdentifying wildfire-prone atmospheric circulation weather types on mainland Spainca_ES

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