Navigation Links
BIO5 researcher identifies cities at risk for terrorism
Date:3/4/2008

A University of Arizona researcher has created a new system to dramatically show American cities their relative level of vulnerability to bioterrorism.

Walter W. Piegorsch, an expert on environmental risk, has placed 132 major cities from Albany, N.Y., to Youngstown, Ohio on a color-coded map that identifies their level of risk based on factors including critical industries, ports, railroads, population, natural environment and other factors.

Piegorsch is the director of a new UA graduate program in interdisciplinary statistics and a professor of mathematics in the College of Science, as well as a member of the UAs BIO5 Institute.

The map marks high-risk areas as red (for example, Houston and, surprisingly, Boise, ID), midrange risk as yellow (San Francisco) and lower risk as green (Tucson). The map shows a wide swath of highest-risk urban areas running from New York down through the Southeast and into Texas. Boise is the only high-risk urban area that lies outside the swath.

The model employs what risk experts call a benchmark vulnerability metric, which shows risk managers each citys level of risk for urban terrorism.

Piegorsch says terrorism vulnerability involves three dimensions of risk social aspects, natural hazards and construction of the city and its infrastructure.

He concludes that the allocation of funds for preparedness and response to terrorism should take into account these factors of vulnerability.

Our capacity to adequately prepare for and respond to these vulnerabilities varies widely across the country, especially in urban areas, he wrote in an article about the research. Piegorsch argues that any one-size-fits-all strategy of resource allocation and training ignores the reality of the geographic differences identified in his study. Such failures, he says, would limit urban areas abilities to prepare for and respond to terrorist events.


'/>"/>

Contact: Deborah Daun
ddaun@email.arizona.edu
520-626-2059
University of Arizona
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Viruses evolve to play by host rules, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers
2. U of Minnesota researchers discover key for converting waste to electricity
3. Northern right whales head south to give birth, leave genetic fingerprints with NOAA researchers
4. ETH Zurich researchers develop antibody test
5. ASU researcher may have discovered key to life before its origin on Earth
6. Electronic structure of DNA revealed for 1st time by Hebrew University and collaborating researchers
7. Researchers offer new theory for dogfish and skate population outburst on Georges Bank
8. UCLA researchers solve decade-old mystery
9. Rats on islands disrupt ecosystems from land to sea, researchers find
10. Iowa State researchers help piece together the corn genomes first draft
11. U-M researchers release most detailed global study of genetic variation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
BIO5 researcher identifies cities at risk for terrorism
(Date:6/30/2017)... Today, American Trucking Associations announced Seeing ... and eye tracking software, became the newest member ... "Artificial intelligence and advanced sensing algorithms ... driver,s attentiveness levels while on the road.  Drivers ... fatigue and prevent potential accidents, which could lead ...
(Date:6/14/2017)... , June 15, 2017  IBM (NYSE: IBM ) ... international tech event dedicated to developing collaboration between startups and ... on June 15-17. During the event, nine startups will showcase ... value in various industries. France ... the international market, with a 30 percent increase in the ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... May 16, 2017  Veratad Technologies, LLC ( www.veratad.com ... age and identity verification solutions, announced today they will ... 2017, May 15 thru May 17, 2017, in ... International Trade Center. Identity impacts the ... in today,s quickly evolving digital world, defining identity is ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... Tbilisi, Georgia (PRWEB) , ... October 11, 2017 , ... ... disaster, taking the lives of over 5.5 million people each year. Especially those living ... the greenovative startup Treepex - based in one of the most pollution-affected countries globally ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... Singh Biotechnology today ... designation to SBT-100, its novel anti-STAT3 (Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3) ... able to cross the cell membrane and bind intracellular STAT3 and inhibit its ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... conjugate (ADC) therapeutics, today confirmed licensing rights that give it exclusive global ... technology developed in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Additionally, ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... , ... Dr. Bob Harman, founder and CEO of VetStem Biopharma, Inc. ... The event entitled “Stem Cells and Their Regenerative Powers,” was held on August ... MPVM was joined by two human doctors: Peter B. Hanson, M.D., Chief of Orthopedic ...
Breaking Biology Technology: