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    The use of spatial analytical techniques to explore patterns of fire incidence: A South Wales case study

    Corcoran, Jonathan and Higgs, Gary and Brunsdon, Chris and Ware, Andrew and Norman, Paul (2007) The use of spatial analytical techniques to explore patterns of fire incidence: A South Wales case study. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 31 (6). pp. 623-647. ISSN 0198-9715

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    The application of mapping and spatial analytical techniques to explore geographical patterns of crime incidence is well established. In contrast, the analysis of operational incident data routinely collected by fire brigades has received relatively less research attention, certainly in the UK academic literature. The aim of this paper is to redress this balance through the application of spatial analyt- ical techniques that permit an exploration of the spatial dynamics of fire incidents and their relation- ships with socio-economic variables. By examining patterns for different fire incident types, including household fires, vehicle fires, secondary fires and malicious false alarms in relation to 2001 Census of Population data for an area of South Wales, we demonstrate the potential of such techniques to reveal spatial patterns that may be worthy of further contextual study. Further research is needed to establish how transferable these findings are to other geographical settings and how replicable the findings are at different geographical scales. The paper concludes by drawing attention to the cur- rent gaps in knowledge in analysing trends in fire incidence and proposes an agenda to advance such research using spatial analytical techniques.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: spatial analytical techniques; explore patterns; fire incidence; South Wales; case study;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > National Centre for Geocomputation, NCG
    Item ID: 6142
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    Depositing User: Prof. Chris Brunsdon
    Date Deposited: 22 May 2015 10:02
    Journal or Publication Title: Computers, Environment and Urban Systems
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes

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