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Author Willis, Henry H., author

Title Current and future exposure of infrastructure in the United States to natural hazards / Henry H. Willis, Anu Narayanan, Jordan R. Fischbach, Edmundo Molina-Perez, Chuck Stelzner, Kathleen Loa, Lauren Kendrick
Published Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 40 pages) : color maps
Series Research report ; RR-1453-DHS
Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-1453-DHS
Contents Chapter 1. Introduction: the need to better understand current and future hazard exposure -- Chapter 2. Defining and analyzing infrastructure exposure -- Chapter 3. Current patterns of exposure in the continental United States -- Chapter 4. Climate change and natural hazard exposure -- Chapter 5. Findings and policy considerations -- Appendix. Interactions between infrastructure and hazards
Preface -- Figures and Tables -- Summary -- Acknowledgments -- Chapter 1. Introduction: The Need to Better Understand Current and Future Hazard Exposure: RAND's Analysis of Infrastructure Exposure -- Chapter 2. Defining and Analyzing Infrastructure Exposure: Defining Exposure -- Data and Analytical Approach -- Categorizing Hazard Exposure by Intensity and Likelihood -- Chapter 3. Current Patterns of Exposure in the Continental United States: Most of the United States Is Exposed to Some Form of Natural Hazard -- Some Regions Are Exposed to More Intense or Greater Numbers of Natural Hazards -- Relative Exposure to Natural Hazards -- Chapter 4. Climate Change and Natural Hazard Exposure: Sources of Climate Change Data -- Chapter 5. Findings and Policy Considerations: Key Findings -- Data Gaps -- APPENDIX: Interactions Between Infrastructure and Hazards -- Abbreviations -- References
Summary "Communities, companies, and governments at all levels in the United States are making decisions that will influence where, what and how infrastructure will be built. These design and policy decisions shape infrastructure, influence economic development, and influence future exposures to natural hazards for decades, Population growth and shifts, particularly those on the coasts, drive demand for new infrastructure, and, as a result, increase the exposure of infrastructure to natural hazards. These natural hazard exposures are projected to be larger and more uncertain in the future because of the effects of sea level rise and projected changes in temperature and precipitation patterns. Thus, incorporating natural hazard risk assessment into infrastructure planning is becoming both increasingly important and challenging. This report summarizes insights we have gained about the exposures to U.S. infrastructure from natural hazards now and in the future. Our analysis identifies regions in the country where infrastructure may be uniquely exposed to a complex set of natural hazards. In those regions, our analysis highlights the types of infrastructure that are exposed and the hazards that put them at risk. Our analysis also reveals where infrastructure exposures may be expected to change most dramatically. Finally, our analysis reveals where infrastructure exposures remain most uncertain and where new data and analysis would be most valuable. Each of these findings can inform federal efforts to improve infrastructure and resilience planning"--Publisher's description
Notes "July 12, 2016"--Table of contents page
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 39-40)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed July 13, 2016)
Subject Climate and civilization.
Climatic changes -- Effect of human beings on -- United States.
Global warming.
Infrastructure (Economics) -- Risk assessment -- United States.
Infrastructure (Economics) -- Security measures -- United States.
Natural disasters -- Social aspects.
Form Electronic book
Author Rand Corporation. National Security Research Division, publisher, issuing body
LC no. 2017301036
ISBN 0833096265 (electronic bk.)
9780833096265 (electronic bk.)