Articles | Volume 21, issue 9
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 2867–2880, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-2867-2021

Special issue: The role of fire in the Earth system: understanding interactions...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 2867–2880, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-2867-2021
Research article
22 Sep 2021
Research article | 22 Sep 2021

Impact of large wildfires on PM10 levels and human mortality in Portugal

Patricia Tarín-Carrasco et al.

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Uncontrolled wildfires have a substantial impact on the environment and local populations. Although most southern European countries have been impacted by wildfires in the last decades, Portugal has the highest percentage of burned area compared to its whole territory. Under this umbrella, associations between large fires, PM10, and all-cause and cause-specific mortality (circulatory and respiratory) have been explored using Poisson regression models for 2001–2016.
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