A review of operations research methods applicable to wildfire management

Minas, J, Hearne, J and Handmer, J 2012, 'A review of operations research methods applicable to wildfire management', International Journal of Wildland Fire, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 189-196.

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Title A review of operations research methods applicable to wildfire management
Author(s) Minas, J
Hearne, J
Handmer, J
Year 2012
Journal name International Journal of Wildland Fire
Volume number 21
Issue number 3
Start page 189
End page 196
Total pages 8
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Abstract Across the globe, wildfire-related destruction appears to be worsening despite increased fire suppression expenditure. At the same time, wildfire management is becoming increasingly complicated owing to factors such as an expanding wildland-urban interface, interagency resource sharing and the recognition of the beneficial effects of fire on ecosystems. Operations research is the use of analytical techniques such as mathematical modelling to analyse interactions between people, resources and the environment to aid decision-making in complex systems. Fire managers operate in a highly challenging decision environment characterised by complexity, multiple conflicting objectives and uncertainty. We assert that some of these difficulties can be resolved with the use of operations research methods. We present a range of operations research methods and discuss their applicability to wildfire management with illustrative examples drawn from the wildfire and disaster operations research literature.
Subject Operations Research
Keyword(s) bushfire
forest fire
management science
operational research
wildland fire.
DOI - identifier 10.1071/WF10129
Copyright notice © 2012 IAWF
ISSN 1049-8001
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