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Vulnerability to Natural Hazards. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1919415
  • September 2010
  • 184 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House
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This book discusses vulnerability to natural hazards, method of evaluating vulnerability to natural hazards, and finally evaluation of risk factors that influence the probability that a house will burn from wildfire. A logistic regression is used to analyze data processed from pre-fire and post-fire IKONOS images and other geo-referenced data. The dependent variable is the probability that a given house will burn. A total of 12 independent variables are evaluated: vegetation density; area of defensible space; adjacency of a parcel to public lands; proximity of a house to fire station; road width; road type; parcel size; subdivision morphology; assessed value; elevation; slope and aspect. Model results generally support dominant measures and strategies for wildfire risk reduction including vegetation treatments, site selection with respect to topography, and improving access to fire stations.

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Uddhab, Bhandary.
Uddhab Bhandary, PhD, received his doctoral degree in Design

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