Fire Watch

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Team Members

Zak , Yannick , Joshua Chew , Ivy and 1 other member with an unpublished profile.

Project Description

The recent Australian bushfire disaster has caused a huge amount of damage to communities across the nation, killing many people and animals and destroying many homes. These persistent disasters call for an immediate solution which uses reliable data to alert people about nearby fires. In order to fulfil this rising demand, Team LAMP has proposed for the development of the new application Fire Watch. This incredible and innovative program utilises the most recent data from the NSW data portal to alert users of when they are about to enter fire prone areas, burnt areas and areas with a bushfire history. In order to make this app better, however, we will need real time data as this is absolutely critical for future development and sustainability.

#fire watch #fire control #natural disaster prevention #air quality #save our wildlife #rural australia #govhack2020

Data Story

Our application currently utilises GIS data from the NSW data portal with the datasets NSW Bush Fire Prone Land, NSW Fire History and NSW Burnt Areas. For air quality the app scrapes from the API of The global forecasting service uses Satellite sensors in conjunction with the Global Forecast System to estimate air quality at a user’s location.

To make our app more applicable to future wildfire crises we will need real time data on the spread of bushfires. This persistent data quality issue is highlighted particularly during bushfire seasons where alerts on the rapid spread of wildfires may become inaccurate. Alternatively, integrating current distribution prediction models could fill the information gap. Without real time data, our app will still be able to accurately inform and alert users on bushfire history, bushfire prone areas and air quality.

Evidence of Work



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Air quality data

Description of Use For air quality the app scrapes from the API of location specific air quality data in a users given area.

Data Set

NSW Bush Fire Prone Land

Description of Use We are using this data to monitor and alert users to their proximity to wildfire prone areas.

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NPWS Fire History - Wildfires and Prescribed Burns

Description of Use Using this data in our app to inform users of the history of bushfires around their location.

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NSW Burnt Area

Description of Use We are using this data in our app to monitor and alert user proximity to dangerous fire affected areas.

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Challenge Entries

Engaging communities in hazard reporting & safety

How might we better prepare & deal with natural disasters in Australia?

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