About this Research Topic
Understanding risk from earthquakes requires estimates of both the hazard and the vulnerability of the built environment to this hazard. Each new earthquake highlights errors in our understanding of both hazard and vulnerability as well as how failures in the built environment translate into consequences for communities and how inadequacies in developing and implementing policy contribute to this.
Earthquake reconnaissance plays an important role in understanding the deficiencies in our knowledge and is the ultimate source of data for the validation of our structural models and design solutions; however this data is both difficult to obtain and disseminate in a scientifically valid way.
There are now a few organizations around the world conducting earthquake reconnaissance missions; however methodologies and approaches to collecting and disseminating data are fragmented.
This Research Topic is focused on earthquake reconnaissance, methodologies for collecting and disseminating data and lessons, data and damage statistics from previous earthquake reconnaissance missions as well as sharing experiences in conducting these missions and showcasing new ways of collecting earthquake data. It is particularly interested in:
• Highlighting where existing data resides and how it may be accessed and interpreted.
• New research that has used earthquake reconnaissance data to make new findings and knowledge.
• Robust methodologies for collecting data, including statistically significant and unbiased data sets.
• New data collection methodologies such as remote sensing or social media.
• How failures in the built environment translates into social and economic consequences for communities, especially if these consequences can be attributed to specific types of failures either through quantitative evidence or narratives.
• The implementation of successful or unsuccessful earthquake resilience policies.
• How reconnaissance missions can be used to shape government policy or building codes and practices.
Keywords: Earthquake Reconnaissance, damage assessments, code deficiencies, assessment protocols
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