Growing scientific evidence suggests that risks due to failure of critical infrastructures (CIs) will increase worldwide, as the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events (EWEs) induced by climate change increases. Such risks are difficult to estimate due to the increasing complexity and interconnectedness of CIs and because information sharing regarding the vulnerabilities of the different CIs is limited. This paper proposes a methodology for risk analysis of systems of interdependent CIs to EWEs.
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This paper recognised that an understanding of infrastructure resilience requires an understanding of the work that institutions do to produce infrastructure change. It divides the resilience work of institutions into three types: operational, regulatory, and constitutional. A proposed framework that incorporates the types of resilience work done by institutions, scales, objectives, and uncertainties is presented.
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This paper asks three guiding research questions: What does urban infrastructure resilience really mean? What are the most common research topics connected to urban infrastructure resilience? How can humanity further improve urban infrastructure resilience from a sustainable development planning perspective?
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Some interesting research going on at Imperial College London bringing together interests in the visualization of complex engineering projects, and interests in interdependencies across different kinds of infrastructure systems, towards systems engineering in a human-natural environment.
We liked the CIRI webinar on ‘Dynamic resiliency modelling and planning for interdependent critical infrastructures’ which is relevant to our outcome statement on dynamic performance based design. The presentation can be downloaded here.
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This course at Northeastern University’s College of Engineering aims to teach students to identify solutions for critical infrastructure resilience in the face of climate change, globalisation and urbanisation challenges.
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Great questions have a catalytic quality — they dissolve barriers to creative thinking and channel the pursuit of solutions into new, accelerated pathways. The MIT Leadership Center’s Hal Gregersen says brainstorming in “question bursts” is the best way for innovative leaders and problem solvers to find solutions.
What do we mean when we speak in terms of “resilience?” Why has “resilience” become the hot buzzword, and why is it useful for political leaders who want to avoid saying the words “climate change?” This paper is published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists journal.
There is a lot of good advice out there on communicating research for policy. But what we often don’t talk about is the things that go against that advice, which….cough cough… if we’re honest, we all do. At least sometimes. For example…
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The 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering is a federation of four universities of technology in the Netherlands jointly committed to strengthening and pooling technical knowledge.
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