Risks Challenging Publics, Scientists and Governments

The contributions in Risks Challenging Publics, Scientists and Government looks at risks not just as a technical, social, political or economic matter, but as originating and challenging the various disciplines. Contextual aspects, usually defined by engineers as margin conditions , are generally not looked at, but deserve much more atttention, particularly when uncertainties are large. This book focuses on topics that received little attention until now, like economic aspects of disasters and land use planning as a mitigation tool. However, the volume also leaves room for more traditional issues, like risk perception, and environmental risk assessment of pollutants, plants, and new substances introduced in the market. Risks Challenging Publics, Scientists and Government is divided in four parts: - Emergency preparedness: from contingency plans to crisis management - Environment and public health: looking for new risk assessment tools - Embedding social and economic perspectives into risk assessment and management - Risk mitigation criteria in land use planning and critical infrastructures siting and design The book is particularly of interest to scientists in engineering, physics, medicine, biology, and social sciences focusing on risk aspects, risk analysis, and risk assessment.