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Multiattribute Risk Analysis in Nuclear Emergency Management

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Radiation protection authorities have seen a potential for applying multiattribute risk analysis in nuclear emergency management and planning to deal with conflicting objectives, different parties involved, and uncertainties. This type of approach is expected to help in the following areas: to ensure that all relevant attributes are considered in decision making; to enhance communication between the concerned parties, including the public; and to provide a method for explicitly including risk analysis in the process. A multiattribute utility theory analysis was used to select a strategy for protecting the population after a simulated nuclear accident. The value-focused approach and the use of a neutral facilitator were identified as being useful.
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Keywords: Nuclear emergency management; decision conferences; multiattribute utility theory (MAUT); risk analysis; uncertainty

Document Type: Original Article

Affiliations: 1: Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland., 2: STUK–Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Helsinki, Finland.

Publication date: 2000-08-01

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