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Environmental Security in Harbors and Coastal Areas

Management Using Comparative Risk Assessment and Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis

  • Igor Linkov
  • Gregory A. Kiker
  • Richard J. Wenning
  • State-of-the-science approach to current environmental issues

  • Balanced international perspectives, including developing countries

  • Use of advanced quantitative tools to address policy problems

  • Risk assessment and decision analysis applications

  • Case studies in the use of risk assessment and MCDA

Conference proceedings

Part of the NATO Security through Science Series book series (NASTC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Environmental Security: Regulatory Needs and Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XIII
    2. D. A. Belluck, R. N. Hull, S. L. Benjamin, J. Alcorn, I. Linkov
      Pages 3-17
      Pages 19-36
    4. G. A. Kiker, I. Linkov, T. S. Bridges
      Pages 37-51
    5. B. G. Biggs, M. K. Kiker
      Pages 53-77
  3. Coastal Areas: Challenges and Solutions

  4. Applications of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XIII
    2. I. Linkov, F. K. Satterstrom, B. Yatsalo, A. Tkachuk, G. A. Kiker, J. Kim et al.
      Pages 195-215
    3. T. Tervonen, R. Lahdelma, J. Almeida Dias, J. Figueira, P. Salminen
      Pages 217-231

About these proceedings


Human experience has shown how great cities, nations, and empires have either collapsed or retired from their predominant stature when natural resources are depleted to an extent that exceeds the ability of the environment to restore or replenish their supply. This book explores the challenges facing coastal areas during the next few decades and the difficult decisions needed to prevent a repeat of the past. Establishing, maintaining or enhancing a sense of environmental security in different coastal regions and improving the management of critical infrastructure will require (i) matching human demands with available environmental resources; (ii) recognition of environmental security threats and infrastructure vulnerabilities; and, (iii) identification of the range of available options for preventing and/or minimizing natural disasters, technological failures, and/or terror actions. This book emphasizes beliefs that the convergence of seemingly disparate viewpoints and often uncertain and limited information is possible only by using one or more available risk assessment methodologies and decision-making tools such as multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA).


Analysis Coast Coastal Region Estuaries Fresh water Groundwater Sustainable Development Wastewater treatment development ecosystem marine

Editors and affiliations

  • Igor Linkov
    • 1
  • Gregory A. Kiker
    • 2
  • Richard J. Wenning
    • 3
  1. 1.INTERTOX, Inc.Boston, Massachusetts and SeattleU.S.A.
  2. 2.University of FloridaGainesvilleU.S.A.
  3. 3.ENVIRON International CorporationSan FranciscoU.S.A.

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