Special Issue "Seismic Vulnerability Assessment at Urban Scale"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Romeu Da Silva Vicente Website E-Mail
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: seismic vulnerability assessment of masonry and mixed buildings; urban emergency planning and management; safeguarding of urban cultural heritage
Guest Editor
Dr. Sergio Lagomarsino Website E-Mail
Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering (DICCA), University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy
Interests: seismic vulnerability assessment of masonry and mixed buildings; urban emergency planning and management; safeguarding of urban cultural heritage
Guest Editor
Dr. Tiago Miguel Ferreira Website E-Mail
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal
Interests: multi-hazard risk analysis; risk and vulnerability reduction; seismic vulnerability; seismic rehabilitation and retrofit; urban resilience; disaster response and reconstruction; Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Guest Editor
Dr. Serena Cattari Website E-Mail
Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering (DICCA), University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy
Interests: seismic vulnerability assessment of masonry and mixed buildings; urban emergency planning and management; safeguarding of urban cultural heritage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past years, there has been increasing concern among the international community about the effects of natural hazards in urban areas, whose impacts are becoming more frequent, more severe, and more widespread. In order to tackle this global issue, it is fundamental to engage and develop fundamental and applied research that can lead to more efficient urban practices and policy making, based on a thorough understanding of all of the components that constitute urban systems and that contribute to their resilience.

In light of the above, this Special Issue focuses on the seismic vulnerability assessment at an urban scale, aiming at disseminating knowledge and new perspectives on the assessment and mitigation of seismic risk and vulnerability in urban areas, which play an important role in the seismic vulnerability assessment and consequent safeguarding of a society’s built heritage in seismic-prone regions.

We particularly welcome contributions dealing with the development, validation, and practical implementation of methods and tools for assessing, managing, and mitigating the seismic vulnerability of all types of building stock (from traditional masonry to concrete frame or mixed typology buildings) at an urban scale.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

Methods and tools for seismic vulnerability assessment: The development of different approaches to deal with the vulnerability assessment, for example, based on statistical approaches, damage observation, analytical formulation, and so on.

Seismic vulnerability and risk assessment case studies: The development of a framework for a comprehensive database and guidance tool for the local authorities responsible for rehabilitation and renewal in urban areas; the integration of this database within a GIS environment for risk management on an urban scale;  the rapid creation of earthquake scenarios validated by decision makers and technicians for urban areas, enabling the estimation and forecasting of direct and indirect consequences of their economic and physical impacts.

Resilience and urban management: Conceptual understanding and multi-disciplinary perspectives; the definition of global resilience factors; integrated monitoring/representation systems, and surveying and diagnosis tools for structural assessment.

Risk assessment and emergency planning: Disaster risk response and communication actions, and emergency and post-event planning tools based on seismic vulnerability. 

Cost/benefit analysis of retrofitting and strengthening: case studies with the practical application of exposing the methodologies that discuss the trade-off of intervention and retrofitting actions and safeguarding of urban cultural assets.

Communication and dissemination: Sharing and educating local communities, effective advice and adaptation policies of government and/or societal organizations, emergency response and plans, and community engagement and participation.

Dr. Romeu da Silva Vicente
Dr. Sergio Lagomarsino
Dr. Tiago Miguel Ferreira
Dr. Serena Cattari
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Seismic vulnerability methods
  • Urban resilience
  • Damage and loss scenarios
  • Risk assessment and mitigation
  • Adaptive capacity
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Disaster response

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Open AccessArticle
GIS-Based Seismic Hazard Prediction System for Urban Earthquake Disaster Prevention Planning
Sustainability 2019, 11(9), 2620; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11092620 - 07 May 2019
Abstract
It is of great significance to conduct seismic hazard prediction in mitigating the damage caused by earthquakes in urban area. In this study, a geographic information system (GIS)-based seismic hazard prediction system for urban earthquake disaster prevention planning is developed, incorporating structural vulnerability [...] Read more.
It is of great significance to conduct seismic hazard prediction in mitigating the damage caused by earthquakes in urban area. In this study, a geographic information system (GIS)-based seismic hazard prediction system for urban earthquake disaster prevention planning is developed, incorporating structural vulnerability analysis, program development, and GIS. The system is integrated with proven building vulnerability analysis models, data search function, spatial analysis function, and plotting function. It realizes the batching and automation of seismic hazard prediction and the interactive visualization of predicted results. Finally, the system is applied to a test area and the results are compared with results from previous studies, the precision of which was improved because the construction time of the building was taken into consideration. Moreover, the system is of high intelligence and minimal manual intervention. It meets the operating requirements of non-professionals and provides a feasible technique and operating procedure for large-scale urban seismic hazard prediction. Above all, the system can provide data support and aid decision-making for the establishment and implementation of urban earthquake disaster prevention planning. Full article
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