Natural hazards pose a risk to transportation infrastructure that is often tied to geology. Whether the hazard is from weather and climate, gravity and slopes, or seismic activity, for example, the expression of the hazard in terms of its potential consequence is a function of geologic setting. Not surprisingly, the practice of engineering geology has long had a focus on hazard characterization. This is good because hazard is an important input to risk, and risk is what needs to be measured and managed for the emerging need to optimize performance of transportation infrastructure. One way of managing risk is through building in resilience to natural hazards. How to do this, and to what extent it should be done, are important questions that open up newer areas of practice for the engineering geologist.
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