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Development and application of a geospatial wildfire exposure and risk calculation tool

Author(s): Matthew P. Thompson, Jessica R. Haas, Julie W. Gilbertson-Day, Joe H. Scott, Paul G. Langowski, Elise M. Bowne, David E. Calkin
Year Published: 2015
Description:

Applying wildfire risk assessment models can inform investments in loss mitigation and landscape restoration, and can be used to monitor spatiotemporal trends in risk. Assessing wildfire risk entails the integration of fire modeling outputs, maps of highly valued resources and assets (HVRAs), characterization of fire effects, and articulation of relative importance across HVRAs. Quantifying and geoprocessing wildfire risk can be a complex and time-intensive task, often requiring expertise in geospatial analysis. Researchers and land managers alike would benefit from a standardized and streamlined ability to estimate wildfire risk. In this paper we present the development and application of a geospatial wildfire risk calculation tool, FireNVC. We describe the major components of the tool and how they align with a geospatial wildfire risk assessment framework, detail a recent application of the tool to inform federal wildfire management and planning, and offer suggestions for future improvements and uses of the tool.

Citation: Thompson, Matthew P. ; Haas, Jessica R.; Gilbertson-Day, Julie W.; Scott, Joe H.; Langowski, Paul; Bowne, Elise; Calkin, David E. 2015. Development and application of a geospatial wildfire exposure and risk calculation tool. Environmental Modelling and Software. 63(January 2015): 61-72.
Topic(s): Risk, Strategic Risk
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 13271
FRAMES RCS number: 19499
Record updated: Jun 26, 2018