Evaluating the source of the risks associated with natural events

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Abstract

Tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, and earthquakes are example of natural events that pose risks to society. The first objective of this paper is to demonstrate why we cannot simply apply to risks associated with natural events insights and frameworks for moral evaluation developed in the literature by considering ordinary risks, technological risks and the risks posed by anthropogenic climate change. The second objective is to develop a framework for the moral evaluation of the source of the risks associated with natural events. Our discussion concentrates on the way the construction and modification of the built and natural environments can alter the probability of occurrence of natural events and the character and magnitude of the impact that such events have. We propose a standard of reasonable care for decisions about the built and modified natural environment, which accounts for technical and resource constraints and the place of natural hazard mitigation in public policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVulnerability, Uncertainty, and Risk
Subtitle of host publicationAnalysis, Modeling, and Management - Proceedings of the ICVRAM 2011 and ISUMA 2011 Conferences
Pages342-351
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 13 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Vulnerability and Risk Analysis and Management, ICVRAM 2011 and the International Symposium on Uncertainty Modeling and Analysis, ISUMA 2011 - Hyattsville, MD, United States
Duration: Apr 11 2011Apr 13 2011

Publication series

NameVulnerability, Uncertainty, and Risk: Analysis, Modeling, and Management - Proceedings of the ICVRAM 2011 and ISUMA 2011 Conferences

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Vulnerability and Risk Analysis and Management, ICVRAM 2011 and the International Symposium on Uncertainty Modeling and Analysis, ISUMA 2011
CountryUnited States
CityHyattsville, MD
Period4/11/114/13/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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    Gardoni, P., & Murphy, C. (2011). Evaluating the source of the risks associated with natural events. In Vulnerability, Uncertainty, and Risk: Analysis, Modeling, and Management - Proceedings of the ICVRAM 2011 and ISUMA 2011 Conferences (pp. 342-351). (Vulnerability, Uncertainty, and Risk: Analysis, Modeling, and Management - Proceedings of the ICVRAM 2011 and ISUMA 2011 Conferences). https://doi.org/10.1061/41170(400)42