For most human beings, facing threats is inevitable. While in some cases a threat can be treated or eliminated, the safest course of action in facing threats is often to evacuate the danger zone. Evacuation of the danger zone can vary in scale from individual movement to hundreds of thousands of people evacuating urban cities. Urban evacuation can be viewed as the process in which evacuees are moved from danger areas to safe zones utilising transportation resources. This massive movement of population typically exceeds normal demands on transportation resources and thus requires careful planning and optimisation.
Evacuation planning and modelling has attracted interest among researchers as well as government officials. The catastrophic loss of human lives after hurricane Katrina and the massive evacuation before hurricane Rita have resulted in several research efforts for the development of evacuation planning strategies and techniques.
The purpose of this themed issue is the publication of latest research in the development of methodologies, models, technologies and tools in transportation and evacuation planning.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Microscopic models
- Mesoscopic models
- Macroscopic models
- Cellular automaton models
- Dynamic evacuation modelling
- Static evacuation modelling
- Traffic flow modelling
- Simulation modelling
- Network modelling
- Logistics and support strategy
- Intelligent transportation systems
- Information systems infrastructure
- Case studies and other related topics
Full paper submission: 15 March, 2012
Notification of reviews: 30 April, 2012
Revised manuscript submission: 31 May, 2012
Accepted final paper: 1 July, 2012