Over one billion people across the globe live in informal shack settlements, and this number is ever increasing alongside growing urbanization. These settlements are some of the most vulnerable areas for large-scale fires that cause significant harm to life and livelihood. The research aims to understand, map, and model where the risks are in informal settlements with respect to both the ignition and the spread of fire. From there intervention strategies can be developed and implemented to reduce the frequency and size of the fires.

Image: CC-BY Detail from Wang, Yu; Rush, David. (2019). Cone calorimeter tests of combustible materials found in informal settlements, [dataset]. University of Edinburgh. School of Engineering. https://doi.org/10.7488/ds/2599.

Items in this Collection