Wildfire Risk: Human Perceptions and Management Implications

Wildfire Risk: Human Perceptions and Management Implications

by Wade E. Professor Martin
     
 

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The continuing encroachment of human settlements into fire-prone areas and extreme fire seasons in recent years make it urgent that we better understand both the physical and human dimensions of managing the risk from wildfire. Wildfire Risk follows from our awareness that increasing public knowledge about wildfire hazard does not necessarily lead to appropriate risk… See more details below

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The continuing encroachment of human settlements into fire-prone areas and extreme fire seasons in recent years make it urgent that we better understand both the physical and human dimensions of managing the risk from wildfire. Wildfire Risk follows from our awareness that increasing public knowledge about wildfire hazard does not necessarily lead to appropriate risk reduction behavior. Drawing heavily upon health and risk communication, and risk modeling, the authors advance our understanding of how individuals and communities respond to wildfire hazard. They present results of original research on the social, economic, and psychological factors in responses to risk, discuss how outreach and education can influence behavior, and consider differences among ethnic/racial groups and between genders with regard to values, views, and attitudes about wildfire risk. They explore the role of public participation in risk assessment and mitigation, as well as in planning for evacuation and recovery after fire. Wildfire Risk concludes with a dedicated section on risk-modeling, with perspectives from decision sciences, geography, operations research, psychology, experimental economics, and other social sciences.

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Editorial Reviews

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'The authors advance our understanding of risk analysis by digging deeper into notions of vulnerability, issue framing, and tradeoff decisionmaking about the benefits of risk reduction. This book will have important policy and budgetary implications for how we approach wildfire risk response.'
Sam Burns, Fort Lewis College

'Fills important gaps in our knowledge about social and economic dimensions of wildfire risk. It provides a "crash course" in the social science methods available to learn about individual and community perception and response to wildfire risk.'
John Loomis, Colorado State University

'Provides both practical perspectives and scholarly contributions...A valuable resource for anyone involved in wildfire management, including land planners, resource managers, fire protection personnel, policymakers, researchers, and students.'
Bonita McFarlane, Canadian Forest Service

'An excellent overview of research about the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of wildfire and their implications for public and private management of the "wildland-urban interface" and its risks.'
Tony Prato, University of Missouri

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136523885
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/30/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
324
File size:
5 MB

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