Risk Analysis VI: Simulation and Hazard Mitigation

Human societies have always been affected by natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, fires and others. Man-made hazards, however, played a comparatively small role until the industrial revolution when the risk of catastrophic events started to increase due to the rapid growth of new technologies. Living now in an increasingly complex society with the potential for regional and major worldwide scale disasters to occur frequently is common. The interaction of natural and anthropogenic risks? as in the well known case of climate change? adds to the complexity of the problem. Scientific knowledge and research are essential to our better understanding of risk. Advances in computational methods and the ability to model systems more precisely now enable hazards to be quantified, their effects to be simulated and risk analysis to be pursued with greater accuracy, providing for more effective risk management. These developments are not only important for all areas of human endeavor but have particular relevance to environmental issues where the risks involved are substantial. Effective risk management and the mitigation of possible hazards have become a high priority of government and a public concern. This volume of the Transactions of Wessex Institute contains papers presented at RISK 2008, the 6th International Conference on Computer Simulation Risk Analysis and Hazard Mitigation, covering a series of important topics which are of current research interest and have practical applications. This volume contains contributions in many aspects of risk analysis and hazard mitigation, ranging from specific amounts of risk to mitigation associated with both natural and anthropogenic hazards. RISK 2008 in Cephalonia, Greece follows on from other successful meetings in the series, which started in Valencia, Spain (1998) and continued in Bologna, Italy (2000), Sintra, Portugal (2002), Rhodes, Greece (2004) and Malta (2006).

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  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 558p

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  • Accession Number: 01109792
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9781845641047
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2008 12:09PM