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dc.contributor.advisor Boroushaki, Soheil en_US
dc.contributor.author Klausner, Jonathan
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-13T23:02:33Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-13T23:02:33Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-02-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/199980
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (pages 75-82) en_US
dc.description.abstract Natural hazards occasionally cause significant structural and economic damage, along with the loss of human lives. Earthquakes are one type of natural hazards continue to threaten California due to the presence of many faults in the area. One way to reduce the threat to lives and property is to undertake a number of preventative measures aimed at reducing risk. Due to the fact that preventative measures are often expensive, it is important to target those structures at greatest risk of earthquake damage for earliest or most robust remediation, or even elimination. This study focuses on the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County, an area of active tectonism with more than 10,000 earthquakes per year, and aims to assess physical vulnerability of buildings within this area. This paper compares two risk analysis methods for buildings in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. Global Technique for Order Performance by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS) and Local TOPSIS are evaluated as possible options for risk analysis. The data analyzed in this paper shows that there are significant differences between the results of the two methods. One of the limitations of Global MCDA method is that it assumes spatial homogeneity across the whole study area and does not take into account local factors. Although Local TOPSIS is better at assessing vulnerability of buildings to earthquakes based on local factors and ranges of values, the results of Global TOPSIS were found to more accurately predict buildings’ vulnerability to earthquakes.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Jonathan Klausner en_US
dc.format.extent xiii, 85 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher California State University, Northridge en_US
dc.rights.uri http://scholarworks.csun.edu/xmlui/handle/10211.2/286 en_US
dc.subject urban vulnerability
dc.subject earthquake
dc.subject TOPSIS
dc.subject MCDA
dc.subject GIS
dc.subject.other Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Geography. en_US
dc.title Assessment of Physical Vulnerability of Buildings to an Earthquake Using Local TOPSIS and Global TOPSIS: A Case Study of the San Fernando Valley
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.date.updated 2018-02-13T23:02:33Z
dc.contributor.department California State University, Northridge. Department of Geography en_US
dc.description.degree M.S. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Orme, Amalie en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Graves, Steven M en_US
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