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Cambridge University Press
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December 2021
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Seismic hazard and risk analyses underpin the loadings prescribed by engineering design codes, the decisions by asset owners to retrofit structures, the pricing of insurance policies, and many other activities. This is a comprehensive overview of the principles and procedures behind seismic hazard and risk analysis. It enables readers to understand best practises and future research directions. Early chapters cover the essential elements and concepts of seismic hazard and risk analysis, while later chapters shift focus to more advanced topics. Each chapter includes worked examples and problem sets for which full solutions are provided online. Appendices provide relevant background in probability and statistics. Computer codes are also available online to help replicate specific calculations and demonstrate the implementation of various methods. This is a valuable reference for upper level students and practitioners in civil engineering, and earth scientists interested in engineering seismology.


Finalist, 2022 PROSE Award for Earth Science


‘An enormously valuable contribution, which teachers and students of seismic hazard analysis have been crying out for. Baker, Bradley and Stafford have produced a clear and comprehensive textbook for students, practitioners and end-users that I predict will lead to a significant and lasting improvement in the state-of-practice over the coming years.’

Dr Julian J Bommer - Seismic Hazard and Risk Consultant

‘Seismic hazard and risk analysis has become so complex as to be regarded by many as an opaque, mysterious topic only to be understood by a small group of specialists. With this book, the veil has been lifted. It should be on the shelves of all serious students, practitioners, and researchers in the areas of seismic hazard analysis, earthquake engineering, and risk analysis.’

Professor Steve Kramer - University of Washington

‘The authors’ profound knowledge and understanding of the interdisciplinary fields used in seismic hazard and risk analysis, and their own remarkable contributions to it, have yielded a comprehensive foundation for its more uniform, rigorous and advanced practice worldwide.’

Dr Paul Somerville - AECOM, Los Angeles

'The authors of this valuable new tome are all accomplished professors, and their experience in teaching these subjects is apparent in the structure and organization of the book—each chapter beginning with an opening statement and a list of learning objectives. Each chapter also concludes with some expertly designed exercises, which serve to illustrate the practical application of concepts presented in the chapter and to bring to life the lessons learnt through connection to the stated learning objectives … I sincerely hope that the tremendous contribution that Baker, Bradley, and Stafford have made through writing their outstanding book on Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis will be widely disseminated and studied, because it will be a powerful device to improve the state of practice in these fields.'

Julian J. Bommer Source: Seismological Research Letters

'A very timely and important contribution to the earth science and earthquake engineering professions. Given the general applicability of many of the concepts it presents, it should be of great use to readers involved with other natural hazards as well. The book contains a tremendous wealth of information all presented and supported in a rigorous and detailed manner. Writing the first book on a particular topic requires many difficult decisions about scope, content, and organization, and the authors have succeeded admirably in simultaneously providing breadth and depth with respect to both hazards and risk.'

Steven L. Kramer Source: Earthquake Spectra

‘[an] inherently readable and informative textbook on the subject. Concepts are clearly explained, and advanced mathematics is kept in the background (the appendixes pertain) so readers will not get bogged down while trying to understand the important ideas. Numerous figures and tables support the text, all expertly presented … The authors provide an accompanying website to supplement the material in the book and extend readers' learning experience. There could not be a better purchase for learning about seismic hazards and how to assess them at any price … Highly recommended.’

M. S. Field Source: Choice Connect

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