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Assessing wildfire risks at multiple spatial scales


Fitch, Justin. 2008. Assessing wildfire risks at multiple spatial scales. Las Cruces, NM: New Mexico State University. 69 p. Thesis.

In continuation of the efforts to advance wildfire science and develop tools for wildland fire managers, a spatial wildfire risk assessment was carried out using Classification and Regression Tree analysis (CART) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The analysis was performed at two scales. The small-scale assessment covered the entire state of New Mexico, while the large-scale assessment covered only the Middle Rio Grande ecosystem. The result of this project is a Geographic Information System (GIS) based predictive model. The model highlights areas of high wildfire risk, based on the spatial distributions of numerous variables which contribute to wildfire occurrence.

Keywords: wildfire, multiple spatial scales, Classification and Regression Tree analysis (CART), Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Assessing wildfire risks at multiple spatial scales
Electronic Publish Date: April 6, 2009
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April 6, 2009

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