Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering

Under the pressure of harsh environmental conditions and natural hazards, large parts of the world population are struggling to maintain their livelihoods. Population growth, increasing land utilization and shrinking natural resources have led to an increasing demand of improved efficiency of existing technologies and the development of new ones. Additionally, growing complexities of societal functionalities and
interdependencies among infrastructures and urban habitats amplify consequences of malfunctions and failures. Malevolence, sustainable developments and climatic changes have more recently been added to the list of challenges. Over the last decades, substantial progress has been made in assessing and quantifying risks. However, with regard to the broader utilization of risk assessment as a means for societal strategic and operational planning, there is still a great need for further development.

Murnane, R. J., C. E. Taylor, T. Jagger, Z. Hu, Robust simulation for sensitivity analysis of catastrophe risk losses, in Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering, M. H. Faber, J. Köhler, and K. Nishijima, eds., CRC Press, New York, pp. 875-877, 2011.