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Research Teams and Lines



    • Montiel, C. (coord.) (2013): Presencia histórica del fuego en el territorio. Madrid, Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente. Download PDF
    • Montiel, C. & Kraus, D. (2010): Best Practices of Fire Use - Prescribed Burning and Suppression Fire Programmes in Selected Case-Study Regions in Europe, European Forest Institute Research Report 24, Joensuu.   Download PDF
    • Sande Silva, J., Rego, F., Fernandes, P., Rigolot, E. (2010): Towards Integrated Fire Management - Outcomes of the European Project Fire Paradox, European Forest Institute Research Report 23, Joensuu.    Download PDF
    • Rego, F., Fernandes, P., Rigolot, E., Montiel, C., Sande Silva, J. (2010): Hacia la gestión integrada del fuego, European Forest Institute, Policy Brief nº 4, Joensuu.   Download PDF


    • Skulska, I., Duarte, I., Rego, F.C., Montiel-Molina, C. (2020). Relationships Between Wildfires, Management Modalities of Community Areas, and Ownership Types in Pine Forests of Mainland Portugal. Small-scale Forestry. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11842-020-09445-6
    • Montiel Molina, C.; Palacios Estremera, M.T.. (2019). Pirogeografía del Valle de Iruelas (Ávila): Reconstrucción del registro histórico de incendios y georreferenciación cartográfica. Cuadernos Abulenses, 48, 181-209.  
    • Montiel-Molina, C.; Galiana-Martín, L. (2019). Uso del fuego y régimen de incendios en la provincia de Cáceres. Conclusiones a partir de los datos del Interrogatorio de la Real Audiencia de Extremadura (1790). Estudios Geográficos, 80 (287), e027 https://doi.org/10.3989/estgeogr.201944.024
    • Romão Sequeira, C., Montiel-Molina, C., & Castro Rego, F. (2019). Historical fire records at the two ends of Iberian Central Mountain System: Estrela massif and Ayllón massif. Investigaciones Geográficas, (72), 31-52. https://doi.org/10.14198/INGEO2019.72.02

    • Montiel-Molina, C.; Vilar, L.; Sequeira, C.R.; Karlsson, O.; Galiana-Martín, L.; Madrazo-García de Lomana, G.; Palacios-Estremera, M.T., 2019. Have Historical Land Use/Land Cover Changes Triggered a Fire Regime Shift in Central Spain? Fire 2019, 2(3), 44, https://doi.org/10.3390/fire2030044 
    • Sequeira, C.R., Rego, F., Montiel-Molina, C., Morgan, P., 2019. Half-century changes in LULC and fire in two Iberian inner mountain areas. Fire 2019, 2(3), 45, https://doi.org/10.3390/fire2030045
    • Sequeira, C.R., Montiel-Molina, C., Rego, F.C., 2019. Landscape-based fire scenarios and fire types in the Ayllón massif (Central Mountain Range, Spain), 19th and 20th centuries. Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica 46, http://doi.org/10.18172/cig.3796
    • Camarero, J., Sanguesa, G., Pérez-Diaz, S., Montiel, C., Seijo, F., López-Saez, J.A., 2019: Abrupt regime shifts in post-fire resilience of Mediterranean mountain pinewoods are fueled by land use, International Journal of Wildland Fire,  28: 329–341, https://doi.org/10.1071/WF18160

    • Montiel, C., Karlsson, O., Galiana, L., 2019: Regional fire scenarios in Spain: linking landscape dynamics and fire regime for wildfire risk management,Journal of Environmental Management, 233: 427-439. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.12.066

    • Madrazo, G. & Saéz, E. (2018): "Escenarios de la memoria y el poder. La construcción del paisaje de El Valle de Los Caídos", Scripta Nova, vol. XXII, nº 600, pp. 1-38. Download pdf
    • Camarero, J.J., Sangüesa-Barreda, G., Montiel, C., Seijo, F. López-Sáez, J.A., 2018: "Past growth suppressions as proxies of fire incidence in relict Mediterranean black pine forests", Forest Ecology and Management, 413:9-20. Download PDF
    • Galiana, L., 2017: Spatial planning experiences for vulnerability reduction in the wildland-urban interface in Mediterranean European countries, European Countryside, 9(3):577-593. Download PDF

    • Montiel, C. & Galiana, L. (2016): "Fire scenarios in Spain: a territorial approach to proactive fire management in the context of global change", Forests, 7, 273, doi:10.3390/f7110273. Download PDF

    • Galiana, L. (2016): "Incendios forestales y crisis rural en el norte de Cáceres (1940-1968): nuevas fuentes para su estudio", Montes, 125. 
    • Montiel, C. (2015): "Análisis y evaluación de los trabajos de la División Hidrológico-Forestal del Júcar, Montes, 122:5-11. Download PDF
    • Montiel, C. (2013): "Investigación geohistórica sobre las causas de los incendios forestales", Montes, 114:17-21. Download PDF
    • Montiel, C. (2013): "Comparative assessment of wildland fire legislation and policies in the European Union: towards a Fire Framework Directive", Forest Policy and Economics, 29: 1-6.
    • Galiana, L., Aguilar, S. & Lázaro, A. (2013): "An assessment of the effects of forest-related policies upon wildland fires inthe European Union: applying the subsidiarity principle", Forest Policy and Economics, 29: 36-44.
    • Rego, F., Catry, F., Montiel, C. & Karlsson, O. (2013): "Influence of territorial variables on the performance of wildfire detection systems in the Iberian Peninsula", Forest Policy and Economics, 29: 26-35.
    • Galiana, L. & Karlsson, O. (2012): "Development of a methodology for the assessment of vulnerability related to wildland fires using a multicriteria evaluation",Geographical Research, 50(3):304-319. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2011.00718.x Download PDF
    • Galiana, L. (2012): "Las interfaces urbano forestales: un nuevo territorio de riesgo en España", Boletín de la Asociación de Geógrafos Españoles, nº 58, pp. 205-226.Download PDF / English versión: "The wildland-urban interface: a new risk prone area in Spain", pp. 451-455.
    • Aguilar, S. & Montiel, C. (2011): "The challenge of applying governace and sustainable development to wildland fire management in Southern Europe", Journal of Forestry Research, vol. 22, nº 4, pp. 627-639. Download PDF
    • Galiana-Martín, L., Herrero, G. & Solana, J. (2011): "A wildland-urban interface typology for forest fire risk management in Mediterranean areas", Landscape Research, vol. 36, nº 2, pp. 151-171. Download PDF

Book chapters:

    • Montiel, C., 2018: La presencia histórica del fuego en el territorio, in García-Novo, F., Casal, M., Pausas, J. (ed) Ecología de la regeneración de zonas incendiadas, pp. 113-130.
    • Montiel, C., Galiana, L., 2018: El impacto del fuego, in Reinares, M.A.: 25 años BRIF. Un relato forjado a fuego, pp. 47-66.

    • Galiana, L., Montiel, C., 2017: "Manejo de fuentes documentales judiciales y policiales para reconstruir el registro de incendios forestales históricos en la provincia de Cáceres (España)", España y Rusia: destinos históricos y actualidad, Moscú, Mezhdunarodnye otnoshenia, pp. 55-62.
    • San Miguel, J., Chuvieco, E., Handmer, J., Moffat, A. Montiel, C., Sandahi, L., Viegas, D., 2017: "Climatological risk: wildfires", in Poljansek, K., Martin Ferrer, M., De Groeve, T. Clark, IL, (eds.): Science for disaster risk management 2017: knowing better and losing less. EUR 28034 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2017, ISBN 978-92-79-60678-6, doi:10.2788/688605, JRC102482, pp. 294-305.

Libro Presencia del fuego en el territorio

This book, published by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, and coordinated by Prof Cristina Montiel, is very useful for researchers and managers interested in historical fire record in rural Spain and who need to understand the socioeconomic basis for the culture of fire and the origin of the problem of forest fires in Spain. It includes presentations given during the Workshop on geo-historical sources for the fire history in the region of Madrid, organized within the framework of the national research project GEOINFOR-Historical Geography of Wildland Fires in Span: Central Mountains Range, funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitivity.

Special issue FORPOL

Prof. Montiel is the coordinator of this special issue of Forest Policy and Economics which compiles the most important results of the EU project FIRE PARADOX, funded by the 6th Framework Programme.  The first article presents a comparative analysis of the legislation and policies on fires in Europe and proposes a European Fire Framework Directive. Other articles analyse the changes in fire regime as a result of political and socioeconomic factors, the influence of territorial variables on the efficiency of fire detection systems in the Iberian Peninsula, and the assessment of the effect of territorial policies on forest fires in the EU, among other subjects.


Guía Docente Ordenación del Territorio

This book has been produced within the framework of a Project for Innovation and Improved Teaching Quality. Its main aim is to coordinate the teaching and learning of the subjects included in the spatial planning module in the UCM Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and Spatial Planning, so that students can become skilled in the use of the tools and methods required in this professional context. The content of this book is therefore pedagogical, practical and comprehensive. It attempts to guide students that are working in groups on the initial analytical and diagnostic phase (informative report) of a spatial planning document in a supra-municipal context. 

ForestsHumans and fire form a coupled and co-evolving natural-human system in Mediterranean-climate ecosystems. In this context, recent trends in landscape change, such as urban sprawl or the abandoning of agricultural and forest land management in line with new models of economic development and lifestyles, are leading to new fire scenarios. A fire scenario refers to the contextual factors of a fire regime, i.e., the environmental, socio-economic and policy drivers of wildfire initiation and propagation on different spatial and temporal scales. This is basically a landscape concept linking territorial dynamics with a fire regime. The aim of this article is to identify and characterize these land-based fire scenarios in Spain on a national and regional scale, using a GIS-based methodology to perform a spatial analysis of the area attributes of homogenous fire spread patterns. 

Best practices of fire use

This book aims to present and analyse various successful cases studies where fire is used for land management. The first part of the book provides basic information for those who are not familiar with the use of fire as a management tool. This is followed by a selection of best practice case studies and regional or national programmes, representing the wide range of territorial contexts and objectives where the controlled use of fire may be useful. Finally, the obstacles and keys to success encountered in the use of fire in Europe are analysed. 


Tesis G. Madrazo

This book is a follow-up to the PhD Thesis of Gonzalo Madrazo and traces the history of the forest areas on the northern slopes of the Guadarrama Massif, covering the changes occurring in the last 800 years in land ownership, land uses and landscape dynamics. The wealth of information provided, and its careful analysis and assessment enable an understanding of how management systems have shaped this territory. The historical viewpoint adopted by the author also acts as a guide to unravel the recent dynamics of forest environments and evaluate the policies and plans which condition the future of these forests.