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A New Agent-Based Methodology for the Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Urban Areas

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Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania, Italy
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Department of Physics and Astronomy “Ettore Majorana”, University of Catania, and INFN Sezione di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania, Italy
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Department of Biological, Geological and Environment Science, University of Catania, Corso Italia 57, 95129 Catania, Italy
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Complexity Science Hub, Josefstaedter Strasse 39, 1080 Vienna, Austria
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2019, 8(6), 274; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi8060274
Received: 26 April 2019 / Revised: 4 June 2019 / Accepted: 9 June 2019 / Published: 12 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geomatics and Geo-Information in Earthquake Studies)
In order to estimate the seismic vulnerability of a densely populated urban area, it would in principle be necessary to evaluate the dynamic behaviour of individual and aggregate buildings. These detailed seismic analyses, however, are extremely cost-intensive and require great processing time and expertise judgment. The aim of the present study is to propose a new methodology able to combine information and tools coming from different scientific fields in order to reproduce the effects of a seismic input in urban areas with known geological features and to estimate the entity of the damages caused on existing buildings. In particular, we present a new software called ABES (Agent-Based Earthquake Simulator), based on a Self-Organized Criticality framework, which allows to evaluate the effects of a sequence of seismic events on a certain large urban area during a given interval of time. The integration of Geographic Information System (GIS) data sets, concerning both geological and urban information about the territory of Avola (Italy), allows performing a parametric study of these effects on a real context as a case study. The proposed new approach could be very useful in estimating the seismic vulnerability and defining planning strategies for seismic risk reduction in large urban areas View Full-Text
Keywords: Seismic vulnerability; urban areas; GIS; agent-based simulations; self-organized criticality Seismic vulnerability; urban areas; GIS; agent-based simulations; self-organized criticality
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Greco, A.; Pluchino, A.; Barbarossa, L.; Barreca, G.; Caliò, I.; Martinico, F.; Rapisarda, A. A New Agent-Based Methodology for the Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Urban Areas. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2019, 8, 274.

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