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In its broadest sense, the word ‘exposure’ refers to a state of being vulnerable to something harmful, or the degree of protection of something from negative impacts – such as the weather, or economic changes.
A Guide To Climate Change Impacts, On Scotland’s Historic Environment, published by Historic Environment Scotland in October 2019, defines exposure as: ‘The natural features of an asset’s position within the landscape that render it vulnerable to harm or damage.’
Water safety in buildings, published by the World Health Organization in 2011, defines exposure as the: ‘Concentration or amount of a particular agent that reaches a target organism, system or (sub)population in a specific frequency for a defi ned duration (WHO, 2004a).’
Advice for Building Owners of Multi-storey, Multi-occupied Residential Buildings, published in January 2020 by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, states: ‘There is no prescribed definition of an exposed location but typically this would include buildings in an elevated or hill-top location, sea side locations, areas where the surrounding terrain will not provide sheltering from wind, or a combination of these factors. In dense cities, funnelling will need to be considered which could increase the wind effect.’
Exposure can also refer to the revelation of a secret or something that was concealed.
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