Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Peter T. Bobrowsky, Brian Marker

Risk Mapping

  • Cees J. Van WestenEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73568-9_240

Definition

A process to determine the probability of losses by analyzing potential hazards and evaluating existing conditions of vulnerability that could pose a threat of harm to property, people, livelihoods, and the environment on which they depend (UN-ISDR 2009)

Introduction

The Earth is shaped by endogenic processes, caused by forces from within the Earth, resulting in hazardous events like earthquakes or volcanic eruptions, and exogenic processes, caused by forces related to the Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, biosphere, and cryosphere and their interactions. Anthropogenic activities have had a very important influence on a number of these processes, especially in the last 200 years, for instance, through the increase of greenhouse gases, leading to global warming, but also through dramatic changes in the land cover and land use and overexploitation of scarce resources. The above mentioned processes from endogenic, exogenic, and anthropogenic sources may lead to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands