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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
FORESTRY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Course unit
NATURAL DISTURBANCES AND FOREST FIRE MANAGEMENT
AGO2045022, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
FORESTRY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
AG0062, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NATURAL DISTURBANCES AND FOREST FIRE MANAGEMENT
Website of the academic structure https://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch LEGNARO (PD)
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge EMANUELE LINGUA AGR/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/05 Forestry and Silviculture 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Forest Ecology
Silviculture
Forest Management
Applied Silviculture
Target skills and knowledge: Students will learn the disturbance ecology of abiotic agents (fire, avalanches, rockfalls, wind, etc.) and their effects on forest stands. Students will acquire knowledge on pre and post disturbance practices devoted to impact mitigation, and will gain the skill to manage forests subjected to disturbances by using instruments, methods and technologies both in the prevention and restoration stages.
Examination methods: Oral exam
Assessment criteria: Students will present a written report on a case study concerning a forest stand interested by a natural disturbance. The final grade will be based on the report and upon performance on the Final Exam.
Course unit contents: Disturbance ecology. Natural Disturbances: definitions, categories. Disturbance regimes (1 CFU).
Disturbance analysis. Disturbances and biodiversity. (1 CFU).
Landslides, rockfalls, avalanches, windthrows and snow breaks, gap dynamics (1 CFU).
Forest fires. Fire Ecology. Forest fuels. Fire behavior (1 CFU).
Firefighting. Fire management and planning (1 CFU).
Post disturbance restoration (1 CFU).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, seminars, and field excursion
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lectures and other didactic material will be available on the moodle platform at https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/

Meeting with students via scheduled appointments made by email or telephone in the professor office
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Cesti G., Cerise A., Aspetti degli incendi boschivi.. Quart (AO): Musumeci Editore, 1992. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cesti G., Fattori orografici e meteorologici influenti sugli incendi boschivi.. Aosta: Musumeci Editore, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Oliver C.D., Larson B.C., Forest stand dynamics.. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1996. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pickett S.T.A., White P.S., The ecology of natural disturbance and patch dynamics.. London: Academic Press, 1986. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Regione Autonoma Valle d’Aosta –Regione Piemonte, Selvicoltura nelle foreste di protezione.. Arezzo: Compagnia delle Foreste, 2006.
  • Del Favero R., Lingua E., Pividori M., Selvicoltura per la protezione dai disturbi. Arezzo: Compagnia delle Foreste, 2019.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Climate Action Life on Land