By C. Hood, D. K. C. Jones
An exam of alternative theoretical, methodological and useful methods in the direction of the administration of hazard. Seven dimensions of the controversy are pointed out, and the case for every place is recommend, the complete dialogue being set in context and viewpoint. This quantity makes an attempt to spot and juxtapose the contested doctrines and underlying assumptions within the box of danger administration.
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No matter what approach is adopted to problem-solving it is necessary to construct models, whether formal or informal. There are at least six attributes of models that are worth exploring; function, grounding, form, specification, applicability and completeness. 1, and definitions of the terms are given by Blockley (1992b). 1 Qualities of scientific and engineering knowledge. The balloon model of hazard A hazard has been defined by Fido & Wood (1989) as “A set of conditions in the operation of a product or system with the potential for initiating an accident sequence”.
Infrastructure obviously reduces the options that are open. Irrigation from large gravity dam projects can only work when there are both the dam and the canals to distribute the water; neither has any significant value alone. Plans for one must necessarily include plans for the other, severely restricting resilience. Consider two plants differing only in that one has infrastructure G, the other G and H. There are more options open for the first. Running the second plant demands running both plants G and H, whereas operating the first requires running only G.
1976, Hewitt 1983, Susman et al. 1983, Wijkman & Timberlake 1984). As a consequence, the emphasis has shifted so as to interpret hazard impacts as the consequence of the interaction between physical phenomena and the vulnerable facets of society (Fig. 6), where vulnerability can be defined as “the characteristics of a person or group in terms of their capacity to anticipate, cope with, resist and recover from the impact of a natural hazard” (Blaikie et al. 1994, 9). As vulnerability is determined to a large extent by socioeconomic and political factors, the awareness of social structures as being a significant contributor to hazard losses resulted in the establishment of the “structural paradigm”.
Accident And Design: Contemporary Debates On Risk Management by C. Hood, D. K. C. Jones