Chapter 5

Natural Hazard Characterization

G. Lanzano*
A. Basco**
A.M. Pellegrino
E. Salzano*    National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), Milan, Italy**    AMRA, Analysis and Monitoring of Environmental Risk, Naples, Italy    Engineering Department, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy    Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy


Major natural events must be characterized in terms of their hazard, that is, their ability to cause significant harm. Although there have been attempts to predict the occurrence of natural events, uncertainties still exist with respect to large-scale natural events due to their complexity. Furthermore, for Natech risk analysis, ...

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