Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

, 33:131

Analyzing disaster risks and plans: An avian flu example

Authors

    • Carnegie Mellon University, Denise Caruso, Hybrid Vigor Institute, Larry Brilliant, Google Foundation & Seva Foundation
  • Wändi Bruine de Bruin
    • Carnegie Mellon University, Denise Caruso, Hybrid Vigor Institute, Larry Brilliant, Google Foundation & Seva Foundation
  • Ümit Güvenç
    • Carnegie Mellon University, Denise Caruso, Hybrid Vigor Institute, Larry Brilliant, Google Foundation & Seva Foundation
  • Denise Caruso
    • Carnegie Mellon University, Denise Caruso, Hybrid Vigor Institute, Larry Brilliant, Google Foundation & Seva Foundation
  • Larry Brilliant
    • Carnegie Mellon University, Denise Caruso, Hybrid Vigor Institute, Larry Brilliant, Google Foundation & Seva Foundation
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11166-006-0175-8

Cite this article as:
Fischhoff, B., de Bruin, W.B., Güvenç, Ü. et al. J Risk Uncertainty (2006) 33: 131. doi:10.1007/s11166-006-0175-8

Abstract

Narrative approaches to analyzing risks seek to identify the variables critical to creating and controlling a risk, then to instantiate them in terms of coherent themes (e.g., organizational failure, strategic surprise). Computational approaches to analyzing risks seek to identify the same critical variables, then to instantiate them in terms of their probability. Disaster risk analysis faces complex, novel processes that strain the capabilities of both approaches. We propose an approach that integrates elements of each, relying on what we call structured scenarios and computable models. It is illustrated by framing the analysis of plans for a possible avian flu pandemic.

Keywords

ScenariosUncertaintyRisk analysisJudgmentAvian flu

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