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Porter, Keith Alan Research Professor


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  • Dr Porter specializes in catastrophe risk modeling. With others at the PEER Center (http://peer.berkeley.edu/), he developed a new method to estimate probabilistic seismic building performance in terms of dollars, deaths, and downtime. He has developed an interest in deterministic, granular disaster planning scenarios to complement probabilistic risk models, and helped develop the USGS’s ShakeOut, ARkStorm, Tsunami, and HayWired scenarios (http://urbanearth.gps.caltech.edu/). Other interests include: * Global seismic vulnerability estimation methods (www.globalquakemodel.org) * Earthquake-induced business-interruption modeling (www.sparisk.com/publications.htm) * Demand surge (www.willisresearchnetwork.org) * Near-real-time global loss estimation (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/pager/) * Cost-effectiveness of natural-hazard risk mitigation (www.sparisk.com/publications.htm)


  • performance-based earthquake engineering, loss estimation, natural hazards, catastrophes, risk


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