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Risk perception, aensemaking and resilient performance: The sounds of wildland firefighting in action

Publications Posted on: December 14, 2018
Managing wildland fire is an exercise in risk perception, sensemaking and resilient performance. Risk perception begins with individual size up of a wildfire to determine a course of action, and then becomes collective as the fire management team builds and continuously updates their common perception of risk.

Wildfire communication and climate risk mitigation

Publications Posted on: September 27, 2017
Throughout the late 19th century and most of the 20th century, risks associated with wildfire were addressed by suppressing fires as quickly as possible. However, by the 1960s, it became clear that fire exclusion policies were having adverse effects on ecological health, as well as contributing to larger and more damaging wildfires over time.

Social media approaches to modeling wildfire smoke dispersion: spatiotemporal and social scientific investigations

Publications Posted on: August 18, 2016
Wildfires have significant effects on human populations, economically, environmentally, and in terms of their general wellbeing. Smoke pollution, in particular, from either prescribed burns or uncontrolled wildfires, can have significant health impacts.

Understanding gaps between the risk perceptions of wildland-urban interface (WUI) residents and wildfire professionals

Publications Posted on: August 06, 2015
Research across a variety of risk domains finds that the risk perceptions of professionals and the public differ. Such risk perception gaps occur if professionals and the public understand individual risk factors differently or if they aggregate risk factors into overall risk differently. The nature of such divergences, whether based on objective inaccuracies or on differing perspectives, is important to understand.

Wildfire-migration dynamics: Lessons from Colorado's Fourmile Canyon Fire

Publications Posted on: December 04, 2013
The number of people living in wildfire-prone wildland-urban interface (WUI) communities is on the rise. However, no prior study has investigated wildfire-induced residential relocation from WUI areas after a major fire event.

Social amplification of wildfire risk: The role of social interactions and information sources

Publications Posted on: June 28, 2013
Wildfire is a persistent and growing threat across much of the western United States. Understanding how people living in fire-prone areas perceive this threat is essential to the design of effective risk management policies.