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Quantifying and Controlling Catastrophic Risks

Quantifying and Controlling Catastrophic Risks Book
Author : B. John Garrick,Robert F. Christie
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2008
ISBN : 0123746019
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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One of the first books to address both natural and human generated disasters, topics include events such as pandemic diseases, climate changes, major hurricanes, super earthquakes, mega tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, industrial accidents and terrorist attacks. Case studies appear at the end of the book allowing engineers to see how these principles are applied to scenarios such as a super hurricane or mega tsunamis, a reactor core melt down in a nuclear plant, a terrorist attack on the national electric grid, and an abrupt climate change brought about by a change in the ocean currents in the North Atlantic. Written by the current Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, Environmental risk managers will find this reference a valuable and authoritative guide both in accurately calculating risk and its applications in their work.-

Climate Shock

Climate Shock Book
Author : Gernot Wagner,Martin L. Weitzman
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Release : 2015-02-22
ISBN : 0691159475
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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If you had a 10 percent chance of having a fatal car accident, you'd take necessary precautions. If your finances had a 10 percent chance of suffering a severe loss, you'd reevaluate your assets. So if we know the world is warming and there's a 10 percent chance this might eventually lead to a catastrophe beyond anything we could imagine, why aren't we doing more about climate change right now? We insure our lives against an uncertain future--why not our planet? In Climate Shock, Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman explore in lively, clear terms the likely repercussions of a hotter planet, drawing on and expanding from work previously unavailable to general audiences. They show that the longer we wait to act, the more likely an extreme event will happen. A city might go underwater. A rogue nation might shoot particles into the Earth's atmosphere, geoengineering cooler temperatures. Zeroing in on the unknown extreme risks that may yet dwarf all else, the authors look at how economic forces that make sensible climate policies difficult to enact, make radical would-be fixes like geoengineering all the more probable. What we know about climate change is alarming enough. What we don't know about the extreme risks could be far more dangerous. Wagner and Weitzman help readers understand that we need to think about climate change in the same way that we think about insurance--as a risk management problem, only here on a global scale. Demonstrating that climate change can and should be dealt with--and what could happen if we don't do so--Climate Shock tackles the defining environmental and public policy issue of our time.

Safe Enough

Safe Enough  Book
Author : Thomas R. Wellock
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Release : 2021-03-23
ISBN : 0520381165
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Since the dawn of the Atomic Age, nuclear experts have labored to imagine the unimaginable and prevent it. They confronted a deceptively simple question: When is a reactor “safe enough” to adequately protect the public from catastrophe? Some experts sought a deceptively simple answer: an estimate that the odds of a major accident were, literally, a million to one. Far from simple, this search to quantify accident risk proved to be a tremendously complex and controversial endeavor, one that altered the very notion of safety in nuclear power and beyond. Safe Enough? is the first history to trace these contentious efforts, following the Atomic Energy Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as their experts experimented with tools to quantify accident risk for use in regulation and to persuade the public of nuclear power’s safety. The intense conflict over the value of risk assessment offers a window on the history of the nuclear safety debate and the beliefs of its advocates and opponents. Across seven decades and the accidents at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, the quantification of risk has transformed both society’s understanding of the hazards posed by complex technologies and what it takes to make them safe enough.

Risk Management for Design and Construction

Risk Management for Design and Construction Book
Author : Ovidiu Cretu,Robert B. Stewart,Terry Berends
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2011-06-15
ISBN : 047063538X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The essential risk assessment guide for civil engineering, design, and construction Risk management allows construction professionals to identify the risks inherent in all projects, and to provide the tools for evaluating the probabilities and impacts to minimize the risk potential. This book introduces risk as a central pillar of project management and shows how a project manager can be prepared for dealing with uncertainty. Written by experts in the field, Risk Management for Design and Construction uses clear, straightforward terminology to demystify the concepts of project uncertainty and risk. Highlights include: Integrated cost and schedule risk analysis An introduction to a ready-to-use system of analyzing a project's risks and tools to proactively manage risks A methodology that was developed and used by the Washington State Department of Transportation Case studies and examples on the proper application of principles Information about combining value analysis with risk analysis "This book is a must for professionals who are seeking to move towards a proactive risk-centric management style. It is a valuable resource for students who are discovering the intricacies of uncertainties and risks within value estimation. For professionals, the book advocates for identifying and analyzing 'only' risks whose impact are of consequence to a project's performance." —JOHN MILTON, PHD, PE Director of Enterprise Risk Management, Washington State Department of Transportation

Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment Book
Author : Marvin Rausand,Stein Haugen
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2020-02-19
ISBN : 1119377285
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Introduces risk assessment with key theories, proven methods, and state-of-the-art applications Risk Assessment: Theory, Methods, and Applications remains one of the few textbooks to address current risk analysis and risk assessment with an emphasis on the possibility of sudden, major accidents across various areas of practice—from machinery and manufacturing processes to nuclear power plants and transportation systems. Updated to align with ISO 31000 and other amended standards, this all-new 2nd Edition discusses the main ideas and techniques for assessing risk today. The book begins with an introduction of risk analysis, assessment, and management, and includes a new section on the history of risk analysis. It covers hazards and threats, how to measure and evaluate risk, and risk management. It also adds new sections on risk governance and risk-informed decision making; combining accident theories and criteria for evaluating data sources; and subjective probabilities. The risk assessment process is covered, as are how to establish context; planning and preparing; and identification, analysis, and evaluation of risk. Risk Assessment also offers new coverage of safe job analysis and semi-quantitative methods, and it discusses barrier management and HRA methods for offshore application. Finally, it looks at dynamic risk analysis, security and life-cycle use of risk. Serves as a practical and modern guide to the current applications of risk analysis and assessment, supports key standards, and supplements legislation related to risk analysis Updated and revised to align with ISO 31000 Risk Management and other new standards and includes new chapters on security, dynamic risk analysis, as well as life-cycle use of risk analysis Provides in-depth coverage on hazard identification, methodologically outlining the steps for use of checklists, conducting preliminary hazard analysis, and job safety analysis Presents new coverage on the history of risk analysis, criteria for evaluating data sources, risk-informed decision making, subjective probabilities, semi-quantitative methods, and barrier management Contains more applications and examples, new and revised problems throughout, and detailed appendices that outline key terms and acronyms Supplemented with a book companion website containing Solutions to problems, presentation material and an Instructor Manual Risk Assessment: Theory, Methods, and Applications, Second Edition is ideal for courses on risk analysis/risk assessment and systems engineering at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It is also an excellent reference and resource for engineers, researchers, consultants, and practitioners who carry out risk assessment techniques in their everyday work.

Explaining Risk Analysis

Explaining Risk Analysis Book
Author : Michael R Greenberg
Publisher : Taylor & Francis
Release : 2016-09-13
ISBN : 131729842X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Risk analysis is not a narrowly defined set of applications. Rather, it is widely used to assess and manage a plethora of hazards that threaten dire implications. However, too few people actually understand what risk analysis can help us accomplish and, even among experts, knowledge is often limited to one or two applications. Explaining Risk Analysis frames risk analysis as a holistic planning process aimed at making better risk-informed decisions and emphasizing the connections between the parts. This framework requires an understanding of basic terms, including explanations of why there is no universal agreement about what risk means, much less risk assessment, risk management and risk analysis. Drawing on a wide range of case studies, the book illustrates the ways in which risk analysis can help lead to better decisions in a variety of scenarios, including the destruction of chemical weapons, management of nuclear waste and the response to passenger rail threats. The book demonstrates how the risk analysis process and the data, models and processes used in risk analysis will clarify, rather than obfuscate, decision-makers’ options. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of risk assessment, risk management, public health, environmental science, environmental economics and environmental psychology.

The Argumentative Turn in Policy Analysis

The Argumentative Turn in Policy Analysis Book
Author : Sven Ove Hansson,Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2016-05-26
ISBN : 3319305492
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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​This book describes argumentative tools and strategies that can be used to guide policy decisions under conditions of great uncertainty. Contributing authors explore methods from philosophical analysis and in particular argumentation analysis, showing how it can be used to systematize discussions about policy issues involving great uncertainty. The first part of the work explores how to deal in a systematic way with decision-making when there may be plural perspectives on the decision problem, along with unknown consequences of what we do. Readers will see how argumentation tools can be used for prioritizing among uncertain dangers, for determining how decisions should be framed, for choosing a suitable time frame for a decision, and for systematically choosing among different decision options. Case studies are presented in the second part of the book, showing argumentation in practice in the areas of climate geoengineering, water governance, synthetic biology, nuclear waste, and financial markets. In one example, argumentation analysis is applied to proposals to solve the climate problem with various technological manipulations of the natural climate system, such as massive dispersion of reflective aerosols into the stratosphere. Even after a thorough investigation of such a proposal, doubt remains as to whether all the potential risks have been identified. In such discussions, conventional risk analysis does not have much to contribute since it presupposes that the risks have been identified, whereas the argumentative approach to uncertainty management can be used to systematize discussions.

Hazards Analysis

Hazards Analysis Book
Author : John C. Pine
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 2014-09-10
ISBN : 1482228920
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The impacts of natural and man-made disasters have increased exponentially over the past few decades. Moreover, with our global interconnectedness and the growing scale of disasters, today's catastrophic disasters can have regional, national, and even global economic consequences. Following in the tradition of the successful first edition, Hazards Analysis: Reducing the Impact of Disasters, Second Edition provides a structure and process for understanding the nature of natural and human-caused disasters. Stressing the role of hazard risk management for public, private, and nonprofit organizations, the author and expert contributors cover problem solving, risk analysis, and risk communications to ensure readers are in a position to identify key problems associated with hazards and the risks that they present. The book details a systematic process of hazards identification, vulnerability determination, and consequence assessment for the natural, built, and human environment. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, this book effectively demonstrates how to use the results of vulnerability assessment, spatial analysis, and community planning to reduce adverse disaster outcomes and foster social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Throughout, the book stresses that hazards analysis is not an isolated process but one that must engage the local community. Complete with clearly set objectives, key terms, discussion questions, satellite images and maps, and ancillary websites for further study, this authoritative guide covers every element of the hazard analysis process in a step-by-step format. Hazards Analysis presents time-proven strategies for building sustainable communities, identifying and prioritizing risks, and establishing successful disaster prevention and relief strategies prior to a disaster.

The Public Relations Handbook

The Public Relations Handbook Book
Author : Alison Theaker
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2020-10-26
ISBN : 100020877X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Public Relations Handbook, 6th edition provides an engaging, in-depth exploration of the dynamic and ever-evolving public relations industry. Split into four parts exploring key conceptual themes in public relations, the book offers an overview of topics including strategic public relations, politics and the media; media relations in the social media age; strategic communication management; public relations engagement in the not-for-profit sector; activism and public relations; and the effects of globalisation and technology on the field. Featuring wide-ranging contributions from key figures in the PR profession, this new edition presents fresh views on corporate social responsibility, public relations and politics, corporate communication, globalisation, not-for-profit, financial and public sector public relations. The book also includes a discussion of key critical themes in public relations research and exploratory case studies of PR strategies in a variety of institutions, including Extinction Rebellion, Queen Margaret University, Mettis Aerospace, and Battersea Cats’ and Dogs’ Home. Containing student-friendly features including clear chapter aims, analytical discussion questions, and key further reading throughout the text, The Public Relations Handbook is an ideal resource for students of public relations, corporate and strategic communications, and media studies.

Risk Assessment and Decision Analysis with Bayesian Networks

Risk Assessment and Decision Analysis with Bayesian Networks Book
Author : Norman Fenton,Martin Neil
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 2012-11-07
ISBN : 1439809119
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Although many Bayesian Network (BN) applications are now in everyday use, BNs have not yet achieved mainstream penetration. Focusing on practical real-world problem solving and model building, as opposed to algorithms and theory, Risk Assessment and Decision Analysis with Bayesian Networks explains how to incorporate knowledge with data to develop and use (Bayesian) causal models of risk that provide powerful insights and better decision making. Provides all tools necessary to build and run realistic Bayesian network models Supplies extensive example models based on real risk assessment problems in a wide range of application domains provided; for example, finance, safety, systems reliability, law, and more Introduces all necessary mathematics, probability, and statistics as needed The book first establishes the basics of probability, risk, and building and using BN models, then goes into the detailed applications. The underlying BN algorithms appear in appendices rather than the main text since there is no need to understand them to build and use BN models. Keeping the body of the text free of intimidating mathematics, the book provides pragmatic advice about model building to ensure models are built efficiently. A dedicated website, www.BayesianRisk.com, contains executable versions of all of the models described, exercises and worked solutions for all chapters, PowerPoint slides, numerous other resources, and a free downloadable copy of the AgenaRisk software.

Value at Risk 3rd Ed

Value at Risk  3rd Ed  Book
Author : Philippe Jorion
Publisher : McGraw Hill Professional
Release : 2006-11-09
ISBN : 0071736921
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Since its original publication, Value at Risk has become the industry standard in risk management. Now in its Third Edition, this international bestseller addresses the fundamental changes in the field that have occurred across the globe in recent years. Philippe Jorion provides the most current information needed to understand and implement VAR-as well as manage newer dimensions of financial risk. Featured updates include: An increased emphasis on operational risk Using VAR for integrated risk management and to measure economic capital Applications of VAR to risk budgeting in investment management Discussion of new risk-management techniques, including extreme value theory, principal components, and copulas Extensive coverage of the recently finalized Basel II capital adequacy rules for commercial banks, integrated throughout the book A major new feature of the Third Edition is the addition of short questions and exercises at the end of each chapter, making it even easier to check progress. Detailed answers are posted on the companion web site www.pjorion.com/var/. The web site contains other materials, including additional questions that course instructors can assign to their students. Jorion leaves no stone unturned, addressing the building blocks of VAR from computing and backtesting models to forecasting risk and correlations. He outlines the use of VAR to measure and control risk for trading, for investment management, and for enterprise-wide risk management. He also points out key pitfalls to watch out for in risk-management systems. The value-at-risk approach continues to improve worldwide standards for managing numerous types of risk. Now more than ever, professionals can depend on Value at Risk for comprehensive, authoritative counsel on VAR, its application, and its results-and to keep ahead of the curve.

QFinance

QFinance Book
Author : Various Authors
Publisher : Bloomsbury USA
Release : 2009-10-13
ISBN : 9781849300001
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Compiled by more than 300 of the world's leading professionals, visionaries, writers and educators, this is THE first-stop reference resource and knowledge base for finance. QFINANCE covers an extensive range of finance topics with unique insight, authoritative information, practical guidance and thought-provoking widsom. Unmatched for in-depth content, QFINANCE contains more than 2 million words of text, data analysis, critical summaries and bonus online content. Created by Bloomsbury Publishing in association with the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority, QFINANCE is the expert reference resource for finance professionals, academics, students, journalists and writers. QFINANCE: The Ultimate Resource Special Features: Best Practice and Viewpoint Essays – Finance leaders, experts and educators address how to resolve the most crucial issues and challenges facing business today. Finance Checklists – Step-by-step guides offer problem-solving solutions including hedging interest-rate risk, governance practices, project appraisal, estimating enterprise value and managing credit ratings. Calculations and Ratios – Essential mathematical tools include how to calculate return on investment, return on shareholders’ equity, working capital productivity, EVA, risk-adjusted rate of return, CAPM, etc. Finance Thinkers and Leaders – Illuminating biographies of 50 of the leading figures in modern finance including Joseph De La Vega, Louis Bachelier, Franco Modigliani, Paul Samuelson, and Myron Scholes Finance Library digests –Summaries of more than 130 key works ranging from “Against the Gods” to “Portfolio Theory & Capital Markets” and “The Great Crash”. Country and Sector Profiles – In-depth analysis of 102 countries and 26 sectors providing essential primary research resource for direct or indirect investment. Finance Information Sources – A select list of the best resources for further information on finance and accounting worldwide, both in print and online, including books, journal articles, magazines, internet, and organizations Finance Dictionary – A comprehensive jargon-free, easy-to-use dictionary of more than 9,000 finance and banking terms used globally. Quotations – More than 2,000 business relevant quotations. Free access to QFinance Online Resources (www.qfinance.com): Get daily content updates, podcasts, online events and use our fully searchable database.

Catastrophic Risk

Catastrophic Risk Book
Author : Erik Banks
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2005-09-27
ISBN : 0470015454
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Catastrophic risk is one of the most significant and challenging areas of corporate risk management. Analyze this risk for your company with Catastrophic Risk and make sure you have sufficient resources to absorb losses and avoid financial distress. The first comprehensive volume to address this topic from a financial perspective, this book is a guide to the worst financial risks threatening companies and industries today. Author Eric Banks begins with a consideration of ?catastrophe? and its mplications, looks at the state of actuarial and financial modelling of catastrophe risks, and discusses the creation of a risk management framework that will enable the efficient and secure management of exposure. Catastrophic Risk is essential reading if you're a corporate treasurer, CFO, or insurance/financial risk manager responsible for corporate risk management. Order your copy today.

International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies 31st Session

International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies  31st Session Book
Author : Antonino Zichichi,Richard C. Ragaini
Publisher : World Scientific
Release : 2004
ISBN : 9812702385
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book contains the proceedings of the 31st International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies convened in Erice, Italy, on May 7OCo12, 2004. World leaders in their fields of Science, directors of National Laboratories, advisors to Presidents, Defence Secretaries and high-level diplomats converged at the event. Together, they offer different schools of thought to the widely-debated subject of Cultural Emergency and Terrorism. The subjects treated in this volume include societal and global approach to terrorism; responses to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, as well as challenges to emergency/risk management, media information and communication. The proceedings have been selected for coverage in: . OCo Index to Scientific & Technical Proceedings- (ISTP- / ISI Proceedings). OCo Index to Scientific & Technical Proceedings (ISTP CDROM version / ISI Proceedings). OCo Index to Social Sciences & Humanities Proceedings- (ISSHP- / ISI Proceedings). OCo Index to Social Sciences & Humanities Proceedings (ISSHP CDROM version / ISI Proceedings). OCo CC Proceedings OCo Engineering & Physical Sciences."

Alternative Risk Transfer

Alternative Risk Transfer Book
Author : Erik Banks
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2004-03-05
ISBN : 0470857463
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A practical approach to ART-an alternative method by which companies take on various types of risk This comprehensive book shows readers what ART is, how it can be used to mitigate risk, and how certain instruments/structures associated with ART should be implemented. Through numerous examples and case studies, readers will learn what actually works and what doesn't when using this technique. Erik Banks (CT) joined XL Capital's weather/energy risk management subsidiary, Element Re, as a Partner and Chief Risk Officer in 2001.

Quantifying Risk in Epidemiological and Ecological Contexts

Quantifying Risk in Epidemiological and Ecological Contexts Book
Author : Stefan Sellman
Publisher : Linköping University Electronic Press
Release : 2018-02-27
ISBN : 9176853403
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The rates of globalization and growth of the human population puts ever increasing pressure on the agricultural sector to intensify and grow more complex, and with this intensification comes an increased risk of outbreaks of infectious livestock diseases. At the same time, and for the same reasons, the detrimental effect that humans have on other species with which we share the environment has never been more apparent, as the current rates of species loss from ecological communities rival those of ancient mass extinction events. In order to find ways to lessen the effects of and eventually solve such problems we need ways to quantify the risks involved, something that can be difficult when for instance the sheer size or sensitivity of the systems makes practical experimentation unsuitable. For these situations mathematical models have become invaluable tools due to their flexibility and noninvasiveness. This thesis presents four works involving the quantification of risk in livestock epidemic and ecological contexts using mathematical models. Two of them deal with extinctions of species within model ecological communities, and how species interactions play a role in the identity of the lost species following perturbations to specific species (Papers I and II). The other two regard how the spatial layout of the underlying population of livestock premises affect the risk of foot and mouth disease outbreaks among farms in the USA, and how models of such outbreaks can be optimized to improve their usefulness (Papers III and IV). Ecological communities consist of species and the often intricate pattern of interactions between them. These interspecies connections can propagate effects caused by disturbances in one end of the network, through the community via the links, to other parts of the network. In some cases, a reduction in the abundance of one species can cause the extinction of a second species before the first species disappears, something called functional extinction. Despite this, many conservation efforts revolve around simply keeping populations of single species at a high enough level for their own survival. In a model setting, the study of Paper I explores and attempts to quantify how common such functional extinctions are in relation to the alternative outcome that a perturbed species itself becomes extinct. This is done by first constructing stable model food webs describing predator-prey interactions of up to 50 species, parameterized through allometric relationships between metabolic processes and body size. Then the smallest amount of extra mortality that can be applied to each and every species in the web before any species become extinct is determined. The study shows that in these model communities, more often than not (>80%) another species, rather than the species that is subjected to the additional mortality will be the one to become extinct first. The approach of Paper I is taken further in Paper II by applying the same methodology to ecological networks that include mixtures of both antagonistic (predator-prey) and mutualistic (e.g. pollination and seed dispersal) interactions. The results further reinforce the findings of Paper I, and show that ecological networks containing a mixture of antagonistic and mutualistic interactions are more sensitive to functional extinctions than purely antagonistic or purely mutualistic ones, an important finding considering the diversity of interaction types in natural systems. Furthermore, the type of species found to have the lowest threshold before becoming functionally extinct were those with a mixture of interaction types, such as pollinating insects. Both Paper I and II consolidate the notion that when doing conservation work it is important to have the entire community in mind by considering the population sizes that are viable from a multi-species perspective, rather than just focusing on the minimum population sizes that are viable for the individual species. In Papers III and IV the focus changes somewhat, from models of ecological systems to models of how infectious livestock disease spread between farms in spatially explicit contexts. For this kind of model, information about the spatial distribution of the hosts is of course crucial, but not always readily available. In the USA, the only available information about livestock premises demography is aggregated at the county scale, meaning that the spatial distribution of the premises within each county is unknown. However, a method exists to simulate realistic stochastic spatial configurations of premises using a set of predictor variables, such as topology, climate and roads. An alternative approach that have been used previously is to assume a uniformly random spatial distribution of premises within each county. But to what extent does the choice between these two methods affect the model’s evaluation of the risk of disease outbreaks? In Paper III, this is analyzed specifically for foot and mouth disease. Through simulated outbreaks and by looking at the reproductive ratio of the disease, the outbreak dynamics within the two different spatial configurations of premises are compared. The results show that there is a clear difference in the risk of outbreaks between them, with the non-uniform distributions showing a general pattern of higher outbreak risk. However this difference is dependent on the size and geographic location of the county that the outbreak start in with larger counties in the west of the US showing a stronger effect. When running numerical simulations with large scale models such as the one used in Paper III, a considerable amount of replication is usually necessary in order to account for the high degree of stochasticity inherent to the problem. Even further replication is required when performing sensitivity analyses of model parameters or when exploring different scenarios, for instance when trying to determine the optimal control strategy for a disease. For this reason, the amount and quality of results that can be produced by such studies can quickly become limited by the availability of computational resources. Finding ways to optimize the computations involved with regard to simulation time is therefore of great value as it can be directly related to the robustness of the results. In Paper IV, an efficient optimization method for the kind of kernel-based local disease spread model used in paper III

Systems Engineering and management for Sustainable Development Volume II

Systems Engineering and management for Sustainable Development   Volume II Book
Author : Andrew P. Sage
Publisher : EOLSS Publications
Release : 2009-09-30
ISBN : 1905839014
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Systems Engineering and Management for Sustainable Development is a component of Encyclopedia of Technology, Information, and Systems Management Resources in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. This theme discusses: basic principles of systems engineering and management for sustainable development, including: cost effectiveness assessment; decision assessment, tradeoffs, conflict resolution and negotiation; research and development policy; industrial ecology; and risk management strategies for sustainability. The emphasis throughout will be upon the development of appropriate life-cycles for processes that assist in the attainment of sustainable development, and in the use of appropriate policies and systems management approaches to ensure successful application of these processes. The general objectives of these chapters is to illustrate the way in which one specific issue, such as the need to bring about sustainable development, necessarily grows in scope such that it becomes only feasible to consider the engineering and architecting of appropriate systems when the specific issue is imbedded into a wealth of other issues. The discussions provide an illustration of the many attributes and needs associated with the important task of utilizing information and knowledge, enabled through systems engineering and management, to engineer systems involving humans, organizations, and technology, in the support of sustainability. These two volumes are aimed at the following five major target audiences: University and College students Educators, Professional practitioners, Research personnel and Policy analysts, managers, and decision makers and NGOs

Natural Catastrophe Risk Management and Modelling

Natural Catastrophe Risk Management and Modelling Book
Author : Kirsten Mitchell-Wallace,Matthew Jones,John Hillier,Matthew Foote
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2017-04-24
ISBN : 1118906071
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of catastrophe modelling for insurance industry practitioners and public policymakers. Written by authors with both academic and industry experience it also functions as an excellent graduate-level text and overview of the field. Ours is a time of unprecedented levels of risk from both natural and anthropogenic sources. Fortunately, it is also an era of relatively inexpensive technologies for use in assessing those risks. The demand from both commercial and public interests—including (re)insurers, NGOs, global disaster management agencies, and local authorities—for sophisticated catastrophe risk assessment tools has never been greater, and contemporary catastrophe modelling satisfies that demand. Combining the latest research with detailed coverage of state-of-the-art catastrophe modelling techniques and technologies, this book delivers the knowledge needed to use, interpret, and build catastrophe models, and provides greater insight into catastrophe modelling’s enormous potential and possible limitations. The first book containing the detailed, practical knowledge needed to support practitioners as effective catastrophe risk modellers and managers Includes hazard, vulnerability and financial material to provide the only independent, comprehensive overview of the subject, accessible to students and practitioners alike Demonstrates the relevance of catastrophe models within a practical, decision-making framework and illustrates their many applications Includes contributions from many of the top names in the field, globally, from industry, academia, and government Natural Catastrophe Risk Management and Modelling: A Practitioner’s Guide is an important working resource for catastrophe modelling analysts and developers, actuaries, underwriters, and those working in compliance or regulatory functions related to catastrophe risk. It is also valuable for scientists and engineers seeking to gain greater insight into catastrophe risk management and its applications.

Road from Kyoto

Road from Kyoto Book
Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1999
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Road from Kyoto book written by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Examining the Kyoto Treaty on Climate Change and Its Effect on the Agricultural Economy

Examining the Kyoto Treaty on Climate Change and Its Effect on the Agricultural Economy Book
Author : United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry,United States
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1999
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Examining the Kyoto Treaty on Climate Change and Its Effect on the Agricultural Economy book written by United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry,United States, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.