1988 volume 20(5) pages 621 – 631
doi:10.1068/a200621

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Bernknopf R L, Brookshire D S, Campbell R H, Shapiro C D, 1988, "An economic and geographic appraisal of a spatial natural hazard risk: a study of landslide mitigation rules" Environment and Planning A 20(5) 621 – 631

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An economic and geographic appraisal of a spatial natural hazard risk: a study of landslide mitigation rules

R L Bernknopf, D S Brookshire, R H Campbell, C D Shapiro

Received 5 September 1986; in revised form 20 June 1987

Abstract. Natural hazards in the form of landslides are pervasive throughout the United States. Efficient mitigation of natural hazards requires a spatial representation of the risk, based upon the geographic distribution of physical parameters and man-related development activities. Through such a representation, the spatial probability of landslides based upon physical science concepts is estimated for Cincinnati, Ohio. Mitigation programs designed to reduce loss from landslide natural hazards are then evaluated. An optimum mitigation rule is suggested that is spatially selective and is determined by objective measurements of hillside slope and properties of the underlying soil.

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