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    The Use of Comaps to Explore the Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Fire Incidents: A Case Study in South Wales, United Kingdom


    Corcoran, Jonathan and Higgs, Gary and Brunsdon, Chris and Ware, Andrew (2007) The Use of Comaps to Explore the Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Fire Incidents: A Case Study in South Wales, United Kingdom. Professional Geographer, 59 (4). pp. 521-536. ISSN 0033-0124

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    Abstract

    This article reports on the results from a spatiotemporal analysis of disaggregate fire incident data. The innovative analysis presented here focuses on the exploration of spatial and temporal patterns for four principal fire incident categories: property, vehicle, secondary fires, and malicious false alarms. This research extends previous work on spatial exploration of spatiotemporal patterns by demonstrating the benefits of comaps and kernel density estimation in examining temporal and spatiotemporal dynamics in calls for services. Results indicate that fire incidents are not static in either time or space and that spatiotemporal variation is related to incident type. The application of these techniques has the potential to inform policy decisions both from a reactive, resource-allocation perspective and from a more proactive perspective, such as through spatial targeting of preventive measures.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: comap; fire; GIS; KDE; risk surface; spatiotemporal analysis;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > National Centre for Geocomputation, NCG
    Item ID: 6143
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9272.2007.00639.x
    Depositing User: Prof. Chris Brunsdon
    Date Deposited: 22 May 2015 13:57
    Journal or Publication Title: Professional Geographer
    Publisher: Association of American Geographers (AAG)
    Refereed: Yes
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