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The science and opportunity of wildfire risk assessment (Chapter 6)

Thompson, Matthew P.; Ager, Alan A.; Finney, Mark A.; Calkin, Dave E.; Vaillant, Nicole M. 2012. The science and opportunity of wildfire risk assessment (Chapter 6). In: Luo, Yuzhou, ed. Novel Approaches and Their Applications in Risk Assessment. New York, NY: InTech. p. 99-120.

Wildfire management within the United States continues to increase in complexity, as the converging drivers of (1) increased development into fire-prone areas, (2) accumulated fuels from historic management practices, and (3) climate change potentially magnify threats to social and ecological values (Bruins et al., 2010; Gude et al., 2008; Littell et al., 2009). The need for wildfire risk assessment tools continues to grow, as land management agencies attempt to map wildfire risk and develop strategies for mitigation. Developing and employing wildfire risk assessment models can aid management decision-making, and can facilitate prioritization of investments in mitigating losses and restoring fire on fire prone landscapes. Further, assessment models can be used for monitoring trends in wildfire risk over space and across time.

Keywords: wildfire management, wildfire risk assessment, models, decision-making

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Title: RMRS Other Publications: The science and opportunity of wildfire risk assessment (Chapter 6)
Electronic Publish Date: October 1, 2012
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