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This book describes the principles and procedures behind Probabilistic Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis, enabling users of these tools to understand best practices, and enabling geology, seismology, geophysics and civil engineering researchers to see the broader implications of their work. With a basic overview that is focused on procedures rather than the validity of detailed scientific models used for inputs, the book is broadly accessible to readers in all of the above fields.

This book should be valuable for engineering and earth sciences students, practitioners, and researchers. To that end we attempt to present the material in as transparent a manner as possible, whilst also indicating where the state-of-the-art lies.

Praise for "Seismic Hazard and risk analysis"

‘An enormously valuable contribution, which teachers and students of seismic hazard analysis have been crying out for. Baker, Bradley and Stafford have produced a clear and comprehensive textbook for students, practitioners and end-users that I predict will lead to a significant and lasting improvement in the state-of-practice over the coming years.’ - Dr. Julian J Bommer, Seismic Hazard and Risk Consultant [see review in Seismological Research Letters]


‘Seismic hazard and risk analysis has become so complex as to be regarded by many as an opaque, mysterious topic only to be understood by a small group of specialists. With this book, the veil has been lifted. It should be on the shelves of all serious students, practitioners, and researchers in the areas of seismic hazard analysis, earthquake engineering, and risk analysis.’ - Professor Steve Kramer, University of Washington [see review in Earthquake Spectra]


‘The authors’ profound knowledge and understanding of the interdisciplinary fields used in seismic hazard and risk analysis, and their own remarkable contributions to it, have yielded a comprehensive foundation for its more uniform, rigorous and advanced practice worldwide.’ - Dr. Paul Somerville, AECOM, Los Angeles

Runner-up/Finalist in the Earth Science category of the American Association of Publishers 46th Annual PROSE awards

About the Authors

Jack W Baker is a Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. 

Brendon A Bradley is a Professor of Earthquake Engineering in the Department of Civil & Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury.

Peter J Stafford is a Professor of Engineering Seismology in the Department Civil & Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London.

Table of Contents


A. Basics of Probability

B. Basics of Statistics for Model Calibration