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Citation

Li D, Cova TJ, Dennison PE, Wan N, Nguyen QC, Siebeneck LK. Int. J. Disaster Risk Reduct. 2019; 39: e101237.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101237

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to advance understanding of the value of national address point databases in improving wildfire public safety in the U.S. The paper begins with a review of the value of a national address point database in wildfire evacuations. An introduction to address point data in the U.S. is presented by examining two national address point datasets--the National Address Database and the OpenAddresses project. We examine the existing and potential uses of address point data in wildfire evacuation research and practice. Specifically, we cover four primary applications: wildland-urban interface mapping, wildfire evacuation warnings/zoning, wildfire evacuation traffic simulation, and house loss assessment/notification. Based on our review, we find that address point data has the potential to significantly improve these applications and a national address point database can help enhance wildfire public safety in the U.S. Finally, we conclude with a discussion of the challenges of using address point data in wildfire evacuations and future research directions. This review proposes an agenda for further research on the potential use of address point data in wildfire evacuation applications and sheds light on the development and applications of the two national address point database projects.


Language: en

Keywords

Address point data; Evacuation warning and zoning; House loss notification/assessment; Traffic simulation; Wildfire evacuation; Wildland-urban interface

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