Investigating the Performance of a Curved Profile

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.

Wildfires

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.

The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA) Vol. 1 finds that warmer temperatures and drier conditions contribute to the increasing severity and frequency of wildfires. Further, it reports that climate change is responsible for more than half of the increase in forest fuel aridity, and the increasing dryness has doubled the area burned by wildfires since 1970. The NCA also reports an expected 30 percent increase in the annual area burned from lightning-ignited wildfires by 2060.

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.

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