Integrating remote sensing and geographic information systems for 'fire hazard categorisation'

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Bhaskaran, Sunil, Forster, Bruce and Neal, Trevor. 2005. "Integrating remote sensing and geographic information systems for 'fire hazard categorisation'." Geocarto International. 20 (1), pp. 43-49. https://doi.org/10.1080/10106040508542335
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Integrating remote sensing and geographic information systems for 'fire hazard categorisation'

ERA Journal ID2010
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBhaskaran, Sunil (Author), Forster, Bruce (Author) and Neal, Trevor (Author)
Journal TitleGeocarto International
Journal Citation20 (1), pp. 43-49
Number of Pages7
Year2005
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon. United Kingdom
ISSN1010-6049
1752-0762
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10106040508542335
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10106040508542335
Abstract

The distribution of fire hazards clearly indicates a spatio-temporal irregularity that needs to be understood in
order to improve emergency operations. Fire hazard categorization enables comparison of hazard in one place to
another and assists in understanding these spatio-temporal variations. Current in-situ methods to categorize fire
hazards are beset with some critical issues such as being too hazard focussed, lacking currency and most importantly
a poor understanding of the concept of hazard. This paper demonstrates the development of a semantic model that
a) leads to a better understanding of the concept of hazard by approaching it holistically and b) integrates remote
sensing technology with GIS in order to generate fire hazard categories.
The study is carried out for two regions Bathurst and Hornsby Shire in NSW, Australia and is the outcome of a
joint project between the University of New South Wales and the New South Wales Fire Brigades (NSWFB). The
NSWFB is the largest emergency organization in Australia which is primarily responsible for fire protection in the
urban areas.

Keywordsfire hazards; hazard identification; emergency organization
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020370903. Natural hazards
401304. Photogrammetry and remote sensing
410404. Environmental management
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Byline AffiliationsSurveying and Land Information
University of New South Wales
New South Wales Fire Brigades, Australia
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