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Increase in rescues in Catalonia's natural areas during Easter 2021: an indirect consequence of COVID-19

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    Identifier: imarina:9280219
  • Authors:

    Saladie, Oscar
    Bustamante, Edgar
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    Author, as appears in the article.: Saladie, Oscar; Bustamante, Edgar;
    Department: Geografia
    URV's Author/s: Bustamante Picón, Edgar / Saladié Borraz, Òscar
    Keywords: Yosemite-national-park Travel Search Risk Rescues Natural areas Injuries Fire Easter Covid-19 Catalonia
    Abstract: The objective of this study is to analyse the number, timing, and spatial distribution of rescues performed by the Catalan Fire Department in natural areas. We compared the figures from Easter 2021 with those for Easter in the four years before the COVID-19 pandemic (2016-2019). The results show that the number of rescues increased significantly (2.5 times). The greatest increase corresponds to rescue operations conducted in the morning and in low-altitude areas (<= 500 m a.s.l.) with no specific protection status and near (<= 50 km) cities. The natural areas in Catalonia experienced an increase in visitors, as occurred in the summer 2020, and, consequently, an increase in accidents and rescues. The results of this research are of interest to managers of emergency services and managers of such areas. The findings open the door to future research to exploring the ephemeral or permanent nature of this dynamic.
    Research group: Grup de Recerca d'Anàlisi Territorial i Estudis Turístics (GRATET)
    Thematic Areas: Interdisciplinary research in the social sciences Human geography and urban studies Geography, planning and development Geography Geografia i urbanisme Geografía Geociências General earth and planetary sciences Earth and planetary sciences (miscellaneous) Earth and planetary sciences (all) Demography Ciencias sociales Ciencias humanas Ciências ambientais
    licence for use: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/es/
    Author's mail: edgar.bustamante@urv.cat oscar.saladie@urv.cat
    Author identifier: 0000-0002-7989-0717
    Record's date: 2024-07-20
    Papper version: info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
    Link to the original source: https://www.investigacionesgeograficas.com/article/view/20763
    Licence document URL: http://repositori.urv.cat/ca/proteccio-de-dades/
    Papper original source: Investigaciones Geográficas. (78): 27-45
    APA: Saladie, Oscar; Bustamante, Edgar; (2022). Increase in rescues in Catalonia's natural areas during Easter 2021: an indirect consequence of COVID-19. Investigaciones Geográficas, (78), 27-45. DOI: 10.14198/ingeo.20763
    Article's DOI: 10.14198/ingeo.20763
    Entity: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
    Journal publication year: 2022
    Publication Type: Journal Publications
  • Keywords:

    Earth and Planetary Sciences (Miscellaneous),Geography,Geography, Planning and Development
    Yosemite-national-park
    Travel
    Search
    Risk
    Rescues
    Natural areas
    Injuries
    Fire
    Easter
    Covid-19
    Catalonia
    Interdisciplinary research in the social sciences
    Human geography and urban studies
    Geography, planning and development
    Geography
    Geografia i urbanisme
    Geografía
    Geociências
    General earth and planetary sciences
    Earth and planetary sciences (miscellaneous)
    Earth and planetary sciences (all)
    Demography
    Ciencias sociales
    Ciencias humanas
    Ciências ambientais
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