Wildfire Effects & Extent
HABITAT DEGRADATION IMPACT : (Wildfire)
Habitat destruction is currently ranked as the primary cause of species extinction worldwide.
From the approximately 16 million square kilometers of tropical rainforest habitat that originally existed worldwide, less than 9 million square kilometers remain today. The current rate of deforestation is 160,000 square kilometers per year, which equates to a loss of approximately 1% of riginal forest habitat each year.
Insurance claims for wildfire disasters have increased drastically in recent years. This is due to the number of properties + people surrounding wildfire areas and the areas themselves.
According to Verisk’s 2017 Wildfire Risk Analysis 4.5 million U.S. homes were identified at high or extreme risk of wildfire, with more than 2 million in California alone.
A large percentage of the Californian population resides in “High/Extreme” risk fire zones. Utilising the strength of the parabola curve, and investigating fire retention measures will help create a structure or system to aid this population in the event of a Wildfire Disaster.