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Dubrovnik, January 22, 2016
Agrometeorological seminar "Protect our forests against fire"

Fruitful cooperation between the City of Dubrovnik and Croatian Agrometeorological Society is continued in 2016. The City of Dubrovnik has financially supported the implementation of programme Agrometeorology in the service to the users: "Protect our forests against fire" for young people. After a very successful autumn agrometeorological seminar organized for students of the Dubrovnik High Schools and students of the University of Dubrovnik, we have organized a seminar for the pupils of higher grades of Elementary School Ivan Gundulić in Dubrovnik on January 22, 2016. Attendance was excellent. About one hundred pupils have participated and we are especially grateful to the principal and to professors who supported us. The information about seminar can be found on the website of the host school.

 Ivana Tomašević i Barbara Mandušić have held their lectures with following topics:

       • Weather and climate
       • Does climate jiggle?
       • Climate, weather and vegetation fires
       • The causes and consequences of vegetation fires

After completion of the seminar the students were mainly interested in short-term forecast, and also which weather conditions are expected this summer. It was explained to them that there are seasonal forecasts up to six months in advance. But such predictions are still unreliable and they cannot predict extreme events such as the long-term drought or heavy precipitation, on which depends how the fire season will look like. For preventative measures to protect forests from fire, students have emphasized that weeds should not be burned, cigarette butts should not be thrown, open fire must not be lit, glass disposed and also petard, fire rockets and fireworks thrown. Likewise, they wanted to know how many people are hurt in forest fires and which the most common animals that fire strikes are.

This seminar showed the importance of introducing young people with the issue of protection of forests against fire, as well as their interest in topics that are not covered by regular educational program.

Dr. Višnja Vučetić

Translated: Petra Sviličić, mag. phys.-geophys.

 

Participants of Agrometeorological seminar “Protect our forests against fire”
in Elementary School Ivan Gundulić in Dubrovnik on January 22, 2016

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