Developing heat flux evaluation and fire risk map for forest fires in Yangdong Villages

Lee J-H & Kim D (2014). Developing heat flux evaluation and fire risk map for forest fires in Yangdong Villages. Journal of Korean Society of Hazard Mitigation 14 (5): 19-25. DOI:10.9798/KOSHAM.2014.14.5.19.

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Abstract

Yangdong Village in Gyeongju was registered as a World Heritage site in 2010, along with Hahoe Village in Andong. Most houses in Yangdong Village are timber framed houses with thatched roofs that are not fire resistant; they are thus exposed to the risk of fires. It is especially the case because they are near forests and could be affected by forest fires. The study examined the effect of the heat flux on the houses in Yangdong Village as a result of forest fires to evaluate to what degree of risk they are exposed to. After distinguished the tree species of major structural components of wooden buildings. This was done by getting the precise location information on the houses in Yangdong Village with the GIS analysis, collating the information on the construction materials and conducting the numerical analysis on heat flux in case of forest fires. The results showed as follows: around 10% of the houses are directly exposed to the danger of forest fires and 5% of all the houses are expected to be subject to the indirect effects due to the proliferation of the initial forest fires. In conclusion, it was determined that appropriate and effective methods of forest fire prevention and fighting need to be sought, and they should be based on eliminating the possible fuels for forest fires that are nearby the fire-vulnerable houses, securing enough separation distances and installing waterproof facilities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Yangdong Village; Forest fire; Heat flux; GIS analysis; Risk map
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Bibliographic Reference: Journal of Korean Society of Hazard Mitigation; 14(5):19-25 (October 2014)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:50
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2016 11:48
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10814

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