Jen Beverly (University of Alberta)
Elizabeth Chapman (Alberta Wildfire Management Branch)
Laura Stewart (FireSmart Canada)
*Attendance at this workshop is restricted to participants registered for the Wildland Fire Canada 2019 conference. Conference registration fees and details can be found here: https://wildlandfire2019.ca/register/
Wildfire Exposure Assessment is a planning tool used to identify locations where wildfires can encroach into valued or vulnerable areas, such as communities, industrial facilities, or locations valued for providing a range of possible ecological or socio-economic amenities. The exposure assessment method is described in detail in a research publication (Beverly et al. 2010, International Journal of Wildland Fire 19: 299-313) and is explained in non-technical terms in a new FireSmart Exposure Assessment booklet available on FireSmart Canada’s website https://firesmartcanada.ca/resources/
Exposure assessments can be completed quickly by individuals with basic GIS skills using standard mapping software. The process requires relatively few data inputs and the resulting maps are a powerful communication tool that can be used to promote and prioritize wildfire mitigation actions and inform strategic fire response planning.
The purpose of this workshop is to provide hands-on guidance for carrying-out an exposure assessment. In Part I of the workshop, participants will learn about the methods, standards and procedures used to complete an exposure assessment and they will be introduced to recent applications of the assessment by the Alberta Wildfire Management Branch and FireSmart Canada to achieve organizational objectives. In Part II of the workshop, participants will work through a series of step-by-step exercises to carry out an exposure assessment on an example dataset.
Participants are required to supply their own laptops and mapping software (e.g, ArcMap or R). Other course materials are included in the registration fee and include a technical reference guide as well as supplementary documentation and resources.