A review of operations research methods applicable to wildfire management

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TitleA review of operations research methods applicable to wildfire management
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMinas, JP, Hearne, JW, Handmer, J
JournalInternational Journal of Wildland Fire
AbstractAcross 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.Wepresent 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.
Short TitleInt. J. Wildland Fire
Refereed DesignationRefereed