When Forests Burn
During the International Year of Forests, Mètode would like to contribute to the event by dedicating this issue to one of the dangers faced by these ecosystems: forest fires.
Coordinated by Artemi Cerdà, an internationally acclaimed researcher into forest fires, this monograph entitled
When Forests Burn. The Impact of Fire on Ecosystems discusses fire from a scientific perspective. According to Professor Cerdà, while scientists understand fires to be natural processes, the general public continues to see fire as a threat. «…[forest] management is beginning to understand that we must work with fire, and not against fire», says Cerdà. Fire is part of how ecosystems work, but man has changed natural fire patterns, both by protecting against and preventing fires or by causing others. The articles in this monograph help us to understand the effects that fire has on our forests, and how we can fight against large forest fires, which involve not only natural disasters but often become a safety issue for people too.
This interesting monograph has received the collaboration of the artist Javier Riera, who has done work exclusively for Mètode, where the forest, fire and light call to mind the tragedy of fires.
Mètode’s summer issue also has a feature on Valencia’s freshwater lake known as the Albufera. To mark the 25th anniversary of the Albufera being declared a Natural Park, articles discuss changes in the state of the lake and the public demonstrations and media campaign that saved the Dehesa de El Saler, near the Albufera, where a huge urbanization project would have meant the end of the forest as well as seriously damaging the lake.
Full Professor of the History of Science, Josep Lluís Barona, tells us about the Denia doctor, Francesc Torrent-Guasp, a cardiologist whose research changed the way we understand the heart. All this accompanied by interviews, articles and regular sections.
© Mètode 2011.
Mètode‘s summer issue, When Forests Burn.
«During the International Year of Forests, Mètode would like to contribute to the event by dedicating this issue to one of the dangers faced by these ecosystems: forest fires»