Quantitative Risk Assessment: The Scientific Platform

Quantitative Risk Assessment: The Scientific Platform

by Terje Aven
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521760577

ISBN-13: 9780521760577

Pub. Date: 03/03/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Quantitative risk assessments cannot eliminate risk, nor can they resolve tradeoffs. They can, however, guide principled risk management and reduction – if the quality of assessment is high and decision makers understand how to use it. This book builds a unifying scientific framework for discussing and evaluating the quality of risk assessments and whether

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Quantitative risk assessments cannot eliminate risk, nor can they resolve tradeoffs. They can, however, guide principled risk management and reduction – if the quality of assessment is high and decision makers understand how to use it. This book builds a unifying scientific framework for discussing and evaluating the quality of risk assessments and whether they are fit for purpose. Uncertainty is a central topic. In practice, uncertainties about inputs are rarely reflected in assessments, with the result that many safety measures are considered unjustified. Other topics include the meaning of a probability, the use of probability models, the use of Bayesian ideas and techniques, and the use of risk assessment in a practical decision-making context. Written for professionals, as well as graduate students and researchers, the book assumes basic probability, statistics and risk assessment methods. Examples make concepts concrete, and three extended case studies show the scientific framework in action.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521760577
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/03/2011
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction to risk management and risk assessments. Challenges; 2. Concepts and perspectives on risk; 3. Science and scientific requirements; 4. Introduction to case studies; 5. Risk assessment when the objective is accurate risk estimation; 6. Risk assessment when the objective is uncertainty descriptions; 7. Risk management and communication issues; 8. Towards a holistic approach to risk assessments; 9. Conclusions; Appendix A. Introduction to probability theory and statistical analysis; Appendix B. Terminology; References; Index.

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