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Title

An exploratory assessment of a smartphone application for public participation in forest fuels measurement in the wildland-urban interface
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Colin J. Ferster; Nicholas C. Coops; Howard W. Harshaw; Robert A. Kozak; Michael J. Meitner
Publication Year: 2013

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • British Columbia
  • Canada
  • citizen science
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • public participation in scientific research
  • remote sensing
  • smartphones
  • wildfire management
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: January 11, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 52473
Tall Timbers Record Number: 29596
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TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Description

Wildfire management in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) protects property and life from wildland fire. One approach that has potential to provide information about the amount and location of fuels to forest managers and, at the same time, increase public knowledge and engagement in reducing wildfire threats is public participation in scientific research (PPSR) -- also known as citizen science -- where members of the public participate in the research process. In this exploratory study, residents of a wildfire-affected community tested a smartphone application to collect data about forest fuels and answered questions about wildfire, their community, and experiences using the application. In this paper, the application is introduced, the volunteers' motivations, attitudes, and behaviors are considered, and the potential of using a PPSR approach for wildfire management discussed. Although there are practical challenges to applying PPSR approaches to wildfire hazard management, the participants in this study demonstrated the potential of PPSR to increase awareness and understanding of actions that can reduce the threat of wildfire. Wildfire managers may consider utilizing PPSR approaches to engage the community in wildfire preparedness.

Citation:
Ferster, C. J., N. C. Coops, H. W. Harshaw, R. A. Kozak, and M. J. Meitner. 2013. An exploratory assessment of a smartphone application for public participation in forest fuels measurement in the wildland-urban interface. Forests, v. 4, no. 4, p. 1199-1219. 10.3390/f4041199.