Hazard Identification and Characterization

Hazard identification is the critical first step in performing hazard vulnerability assessments and mitigation design. 

Understanding which hazards are important, and the probability of the hazard occurring, is a fundamental component of risk management.   In many situations, such as critical infrastructure where very low probability hazards are of concern, publically-available hazard data like FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and USGS Earthquake Hazard Maps are not always adequate to characterize the hazard is required.  GZA is an expert in the detailed identification and characterization of natural hazards over a range of probability, including:

  • Flooding due to Storm Surge, Waves, Rivers and Localized Intense Precipitation
  • Seiches
  • Tsunamis
  • Earthquakes 
  • High Winds
  • Snow
  • Land Subsidence
  • Drought
  • Landslides and Slope Stability Failures