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FireLab normally operates using Fire Weather Index (FWI) data generated by the European Forest Fire
Information System (EFFIS). EFFIS generates FWI data by employing meteorological forecast data
received daily from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF) and French
Meteo-France (MF) meteorological services.
The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) network has adopted the Canadian Forest Fire
Weather Index (FWI) System as the method to assess the fire danger. FWI forecast data provided by
EFFIS is mapped in 6 classes (very low, low, medium, high, very high and extreme) with a spatial
resolution of about 16 km (ECMWF data), 10 km (MF data).
The presented Fire Danger Index (Mitri, 2015) is based on a cross-tabulation between Lebanon’s fire risk
map (Mitri et al., 2015) and the FWI as produced by EFFIS.
Mitri, G., Jazi, M., McWethy, D. 2015 Assessment of wildfire risk in Lebanon using Geographic Object-based image analysis.
Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing. Vol. 81, No. 6, June 2015, pp. 499–506.
Mitri, G. 2015. Advancing Lebanon’s fire danger forecast. In 10th EARSeL Forest Fire Special Interest Workshop Sensors, multi-
sensor integration, large volumes: new opportunities and challenges in forest fire research” (Themistocleous, K., Hadjimitsis, D.,
Gitas, I., and Boschetti, L. Ed.), 2-5 November 2015, Limassol, P.33.