Assessing vulnerability at the urban interface

Blanchi, Raphaele, Leonard, Justin, Leicester, Robert, Lipkin, Felix, Boulaire, Fanny, & McNamara, Cheryl (2011) Assessing vulnerability at the urban interface. In Living with Fire: Addressing Global Change through Integrated Fire Management. The 5th International Wildland Fire Conference, 9-13 May 2011, Sun City, South Africa.

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House loss during unplanned bushfires is a complex phenomenon where design, configuration, material and siting, can significantly influence the loss.

In collaboration with the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre the CSIRO has developed a tool to assess the vulnerability of a specific house at the urban interface.

The tool is based on a spatial profiling of urban assets including their design, material, surrounding objects and their relationship amongst one another. The analysis incorporates both probabilistic and deterministic parameters, and is based on the impact of radiant heat, flame and embers on the surrounding elements and the structure itself. It provides a breakdown of the attributes and design parameters that contribute to the vulnerability level.

This paper describes the tool which allows the user to explore the vulnerability of a house to varying levels of bushfire attacks. The tool is aimed at government agencies interested in building design, town planning and community education for bushfire risk mitigation.

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ID Code: 94453
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: bushfire, wildfire, vulnerability assessment, urban interface, house loss
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 06 Apr 2016 00:50
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2016 06:07

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