Big data integration shows Australian bush-fire frequency is increasing significantly

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Dutta, Ritaban; Das, Aruneema; Aryal, Jagannath


Journal Article

Royal Society Open Science




Article no 150241

Increasing Australian bush-fire frequencies over last eight years indicate a major climatic change in coming future. Understanding such climatic change for Australian bush-fire is limited and there is an urgent need of scientific research, which is capable enough to contribute to the Australian society. Frequency of bush-fire carries information on spatial, temporal and climatic aspects of bush-fire events and provides contextual information to model various climate data for accurately predicting future bush-fires hot spots. In this study, we develop an ensemble method based on two-layered machine learning model to establish relationship between fire incidence and climatic data. In a 336 weeklong data trial we demonstrate that the model provides highly accurate bush-fire incidence hot-spot estimation (91% global accuracy) from the weekly climatic surfaces. Our analysis also indicate that Australian weekly bush-fire frequencies increased by 40% over last five years, particularly during summer months, implicating a serious climatic shift.

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Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified


Journal article - Refereed


Dutta, Ritaban; Das, Aruneema; Aryal, Jagannath. Big data integration shows Australian bush-fire frequency is increasing significantly. Royal Society Open Science. 2016; 3(2 150241):Article no 150241.

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