Cities tend to become more crowded, the high rise buildings
taller, the traffic nodes more complex. The volume of hazardous
cargo passing increases with the growth of economy and the
expansion of technology. As we have seen in the recent past, cities
can become too easily a focus of terror. To counter these trends
measures have to be taken. This book presents an overview of
threats and measures based on a NATO advanced research workshop
meant to make an inventory of items on which, for making progress
research will be worthwhile to perform. The spectrum of subjects is
broad. It covers various types of hazard threats, the mechanisms of
collapse of structures including the doubts about why the WTC
buildings collapsed following the impact of aircraft and the
ensuing fires. New materials will offer improvements for
protection, progress will be described in analyzing the robustness
of structures against loading of various nature, and what can be
gained by well performed risk control and planning of emergency
response, taking trade-offs into account and requiring the new
approach of scenario analysis. The book also contains an excellent
report about the people flow along evacuation routes. It finally
considers warning and communication systems and ways to motivate
people to protect themselves.
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