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WUI-NITY 2.0: A Platform for the Simulation of Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Evacuation
Monday, December 6, 10 a.m. ET
Enrico Ronchi, Ph.D., Lund University, Sweden; Guillermo Rein, Ph.D., Imperial College London, UK; Steven Gwynne, Ph.D., Movement Strategies, UK
One way to assess the impact of wildfire on a community, and plan for ways to reduce negative consequences, is via simulation models. These models are increasingly used to inform the development of evacuation plans for WUI communities. This research team developed such a macroscopic modeling platform called WUI-NITY, which represents evolving incident conditions based on the time‐based developments of the core components (e.g., the fire and the residential response— both pedestrian and traffic) and produces evacuation outcomes. This model is the first of its kind to integrate fire and behavioral components to allow authorities to establish community evacuation performance ahead of time (before responses are implemented) as well as during an incident. The Research team has further worked to build on the proof-of-concept WUI-NITY model to produce a tested, calibrated, and configurable model that can be used by stakeholders to quantify wildfire evacuation performance in real-world situations.
This webinar will explain and demonstrate this integrated software platform for the simulation of wildland-urban interface (WUI) evacuation scenarios, WUI-NITY.
Topic areas: Emergency Response, Research, Wildfire
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