Benchmarking Urban And Structural Vulnerability In The Aftermath Of The 2007 Southern California Wildfires, Using Advanced Technology-Based Data Collection
Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) July 27, 2010
WILDFIRE SEASON 2010
It is again that time of the year when we start thinking about wildfires in California. As temperatures have soared in the past few weeks, it has reminded us how we almost treat the annual wildfire season as a tradition. The reasons for California burning every year during summer run deep and ranges from natural causes to planning practices as well as the politics behind disasters. Long Beach, California-based risk management company ImageCat, is part of a scientific community that has been working tirelessly in providing benchmarks to understand the vulnerability of urban population and buildings to wildfire risk. Using current state-of-the art in wildfire risk mapping and management, ImageCat identifies future priorities aimed at improving operational management of the risk faced by Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) populations before, during and after wildfire events.
ImageCat’s report to the National Science Foundation titled “Benchmarking Urban And Structural Vulnerability In The Aftermath Of The 2007 Southern California Wildfires, Using Advanced Technology-Based Data Collection” is aimed at improving public understanding of wildfire vulnerability. “The California Fire Siege of 2007 provided a unique opportunity for researchers to investigate the integrated application of advanced technologies and traditional survey techniques for benchmarking urban vulnerability within the WUI”, said Ronald Eguchi, President and CEO of ImageCat. “Learning from the past, deriving mechanisms and policies to mitigate future risk and communicating those risks are essential elements of sound wildfire risk management practices”, added Mr. Eguchi.
Several sources of past wildfire damage data are available to industry and research users including databases through ImageCat’s data products division ecityrisk. In addition, eCityRisk provides wildfire damage data collection and analysis services for government and insurance clients. More information on eCityRisk’s disaster response services can be found here: http://ecityrisk.com/disaster-response/reconnaissance.php
A free copy of the Wildfire report can be downloaded here: http://imagecatinc.com/transfer/cawildfire/
ImageCat, Inc. is an international risk management innovation company, whose mission is to support the global risk and disaster management needs of today, using the technologies of tomorrow. As a leading provider of advanced technologies for risk and disaster management, ImageCat is highly regarded for cutting-edge products, consultancy services, and R&D activities targetting decision support needs at all phases of the disaster management cycle. For more information visit: http://www.imagecatinc.com
eCityRisk is a trusted global provider of Visual Business Intelligence for the insurance and financial services industries. We specialise in providing rapid and reliable information to inform critical business decisions before, during and after disasters.For more information, visit: http://www.ecityrisk.com
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