An Agent-Based Bushfire Visualisation to Support Urban Planning: A Case Study of the South Coast, NSW 2019–2020

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Abstract

The Australian bushfires 2019–2020 was one of the most devastating disasters in Australian history. It burnt almost 19 million hectares including world heritage areas, at least 3,500 homes and killed 34 people and more than a billion of animals between June 2019 and March 2020. This study developed a planning support tool by visualising the fire spread based on an agent-based simulation platform. The case study area is the South Coast of NSW, which was one of the most affected areas in the country, where many towns were destroyed on New Year’s Eve. We also analysed the residents’ Twitter posts to understand how they prepared and evacuated in the midst of a life-threatening situation. We discuss how agent-based simulation can be used with residents to enhance their understanding of bushfire dynamics and planning. Recommendations on urban planning are made to improve the preparedness for future bushfires.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Book Series
EditorsS. C. M. Geertman, Christopher Pettit, Robert Goodspeed, Aija Staffans
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherSpringer
Chapter19
Pages371-386
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030760595
ISBN (Print)9783030760588
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameUrban Book Series
ISSN (Print)2365-757X
ISSN (Electronic)2365-7588

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