A spatial optimisation model for multi-period landscape level fuel management to mitigate wildfire impacts

Minas, J, Hearne, J and Martell, D 2014, 'A spatial optimisation model for multi-period landscape level fuel management to mitigate wildfire impacts', European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 232, pp. 412-422.


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Title A spatial optimisation model for multi-period landscape level fuel management to mitigate wildfire impacts
Author(s) Minas, J
Hearne, J
Martell, D
Year 2014
Journal name European Journal of Operational Research
Volume number 232
Start page 412
End page 422
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Elevated fuel loads are contributing to an increase in the occurrence of, and area burned by, severe wildfires in many regions across the globe. In an attempt to reverse this trend, fire and land management agencies are investing in extensive fuel management programs. However, the planning of fuel treatment activities poses complicated decision-making problems with spatial and temporal dimensions. Here, we present a mixed integer programming model for spatially explicit multi-period scheduling of fuel treatments. The model provides a flexible framework that allows for landscape heterogeneity and a range of ecological and operational considerations and constraints. The model's functionality is demonstrated on a series of hypothetical test landscapes and a number of implementation issues are discussed.
Subject Operations Research
Keyword(s) OR in natural resources
Spatial optimization
Wildfire
Wildland fire
Fuel management
Integer programming
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.ejor.2013.07.026
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ISSN 0377-2217
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