The University of Alcala (UAH) has formed a group of research institutions, technology partners and companies in order to carry out the FireCCI project in an optimum way. The whole group and its partners is referred to as the FireCCI project team.

The scientific and industrial consortium of the FireCCI team for the new Phase of the Programme (called CCI+) consists of the following partners, which are shortly described below with their experience and proposed roles.

UAH is the lead partner and the scientific coordinator of the activities of its partners.

Specific groups of partners are set-up to address specific tasks

Earth Observation Science Team

UAH, University of Alcala (Spain) is the project science leader partner as well as the project manager, and has developed burned area (BA) algorithms for coarse-resolution sensors based on MERIS, MODIS, AVHRR, Sentinel-3 OLCI and SYN products, Sentinel-1 for the Amazon Basin, and for a combination of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data for test sites in Africa.

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM, Spain) is developing algorithms for merging burned area products into a consistent multi-sensor product.

National Research Council of Italy - Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of Environment (CNR - IREA, Italy) is in charge of the validation of the burned area products.

System Engineers

Brockmann Consult GmbH (BC, Germany) is responsible for the system engineering and BA production.

Climate Research Group

National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, France) works on user requirements analysis and the assessment of the quality of the BA products for their application in carbon cycling and DGVM fire models.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU, Netherlands) works on the assessment of the FireCCI products on emission estimates using the GFED modelling framework.

During the previous phases of the project, the following partners were also members of the FireCCI Project Team:

User Groups

Users for the FireCCI products are identified in the Statement of Work of this Project. Basically these are the wider Climate Research Community. This group is understood as the drivers in the CCI and therefore play the single most important role. The users are considered in the project not only with the engaged climate modellers within the project team. They are also consulted via a structured dialogue with the Climate Modelling User Group (CMUG) - see below. Other external users are also invited to assess and evaluate the FireCCI algorithms and products via collaboration with our Climate Research Group. The Users can be grouped in:

Climate Modelling User Group (CMUG) – consists of notable European institutions representing an interface of the CCI Programme and the wider Climate Research Community. The CMUG is intended as a structured forum allowing for discussion and inter-comparison of assessment methods, agreement on best practices and common standards, and multi-disciplinary assessments of the consistency, error characteristics and impacts of the global data products generated by CCI. CMUG allows for an integrated analysis of all ECVs being addressed in the CCI Programme.

Climate Research Community – has as one of its focus the involvement of the end users of the burned area products that are generated. To reach this objective not only the project internal climate modellers and the Climate Modelling User Group will participate. Also other interested climate modellers are invited to provide their input in the requirements analysis and the data validation. The wider climate research community includes the Climate Modelling User Group and the institutions engaged in the project team as partners.

Other Users – in addition to climate-modelling researchers, other scientists can also benefit from the Fire Disturbance products generated in this project.