The use of scenario/consequence analyses in the study of complex problems has become widespread. By identifying causal relationships between, system inputs and system responses, consequence analyses attempt to treat stress responses in a systematic manner, including not just the direct relationships, but also linkages that operate via intermediate processes or components. It is because of the intrinsic complexity of input/system response relationships that often a substantial number of the characteristics of the system and the stresses are required to be explicitly identified and quantified. Scenario analysis is performed in order to accomplish that.
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