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Strengthening new infrastructure assets: A cost-benefit analysis

03 Jul 19

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This paper explores the benefits and the costs of strengthening infrastructure assets to make them more resilient, reducing the repair costs and infrastructure disruptions caused by natural hazards. Strengthening infrastructure assets in low- and middle-income countries would increase investment needs in power, transport, and water and sanitation by between $11 billion and $65 billion a year, i.e. 3 percent of baseline infrastructure investment needs. The uncertainty pertaining to the costs and benefits of infrastructure resilience makes it difficult to provide a single estimate for the benefit-cost ratio of strengthening exposed infrastructure assets. To manage this uncertainty, this paper explores the benefit-cost ratio in 3,000 scenarios, combining uncertainties in all parameters of the analysis.

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Lifelines: The Resilient Infrastructure Opportunity

19 Jun 19

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From serving our most basic needs to enabling our most ambitious ventures in trade and technology, infrastructure services are essential for raising and maintaining people’s quality of life. Yet millions of people, especially in low- and middle-income countries, are facing the consequences of unreliable electricity grids, inadequate water and sanitation systems, and overstrained transport networks. Natural hazards magnify the challenges faced by these fragile systems. Building on a wide range of case studies, global empirical analyses, and modeling exercises, Lifelines lays out a framework for understanding infrastructure resilience—the ability of infrastructure systems to function and meet users’ needs during and after a natural shock—and it makes an economic case for building more resilient infrastructure. Lifelines concludes by identifying five obstacles to resilient infrastructure and offering concrete recommendations and specific actions that can be taken by governments, stakeholders, and the international community to improve the quality and resilience of these essential services, and thereby contribute to more resilient and prosperous societies.

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Infrastructure as a wicked complex process

03 Jul 19

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Changing complexity in the increasingly integrated human, natural, and built systems within which our infrastructures are designed and operated make it necessary to examine how the role of engineering requires new competencies for satisficing. Several long-term trends appear to be shifting our infrastructures further away from the complicated domain where optimization and efficiency were the core approaches, to the domain of complexity, where rapidly changing environments and fragmentation of goals require fundamentally new approaches.

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Leveraging socio-ecological resilience theory to build climate resilience in transport infrastructure

10 May 19

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This paper synthesises key literature in climate adaptation and socio-ecological resilience theory to propose a shift in paradigm for transport infrastructure design, construction and operation, towards engineered systems that can transform, evolve and internally manage vulnerability. The authors discuss the opportunity for biomimicry (innovation inspired by nature) as an enabling discipline for supporting resilient and regenerative infrastructure, introducing three potential tools and frameworks.

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A changing climate for development – A toolkit for assessing climate risks for built environment and infrastructure projects

23 May 19

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Climate Ready Clyde and Adaptation Scotland have collaborated to produce a toolkit for assessing and addressing risks in the development of built environment and infrastructure projects. Funded by Scottish Government, and launched in partnership with Adaptation Scotland as part of their broader Adaptation Capability Framework, the toolkit removes a significant number of practical barriers for organisations in Glasgow City Region and beyond to adopt systematic screening processes.

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Global Food Security in the 21st Century: Resilience of the Food Supply

22 May 19

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Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for maintaining an active and healthy life. Given the growing risks associated with increased demands for natural resources, social transition, political instability, trade barriers, climate change, and economic inequality, building a resilient, secure global food system is essential. This article reviews current research in this area, critically summarizes the varied efforts that are underway, and candidly questions our ability to address evolving threats to agri-food supply chains.

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Proposed methodology for risk analysis of interdependent critical infrastructures to extreme weather events

22 May 19

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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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2019 FM Global Resilience Index

22 May 19

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The resilience of a country’s business environment matters when you’re planning where to do business. Updated annually, the 2019 FM Global Resilience Index is the only tool that gives you the ability to compare risk in nearly 130 countries. This can help you evaluate regions, site business operations, select partners and make more informed strategic choices about your enterprise resilience.

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Exploring Resilience: A Scientific Journey from Practice to Theory

22 May 19

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Explores different approaches for operationalization of resilience across scientific disciplines and system levels. Creates a theoretical foundation for a resilience framework across scientific disciplines and system levels. Develops suggestions and inspiration for the research community and practitioners in high-risk industries. Presents chapters from leading international authors representing different research disciplines and practical fields.

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(Re)emphasizing Urban Infrastructure Resilience via Scoping Review and Content Analysis

26 Feb 19

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Although the importance of urban infrastructure resilience can be inferred, its terminology remains convoluted within the literature due to a lack of systematic review from a sustainable development planning perspective. This review paper was designed to elucidate connected research themes, scientific popularity, and conceptual boundaries of the term infrastructure resilience in an urban context.

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Planning for Resilience: New Paths for Managing Uncertainty

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Discusses a multidisciplinary framework focused on planning theory, sociological risk approach, and knowledge management. Outlines the resilience concept that is applied to the entire PPRR (prevision-prevention-response-recovery) chain. Offers an in-depth unpublished Italian case study on earthquakes and hydrogeological risks.

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Ready For Tomorrow: Seven Strategies For Climate-Resilient Infrastructure

19 Apr 19

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As the impacts of climate change are felt more forcefully around the globe, decision makers are asking, with increasing urgency, how they can make their communities and businesses more resilient. One obvious place to start is infrastructure. To address this, the Hoover Institution convened a yearlong collaboration with leading experts and practitioners in development banks, government agencies, universities, private firms, non-governmental organizations, and professional associations. It drew on diverse perspectives to the challenges of resilience, including physical and social science, engineering, policy, finance, and education.

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Rating Resilience: Factoring Climate Resilience into Infrastructure Risk Metrics

26 Mar 19

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This paper proposes a framework for defining risk metrics to capture climate resilience in infrastructure assets. It first outlines the risks that infrastructure is exposed to under a future of climate change, before summarising some of the current approaches used by large investment organisations to measure the resilience of this infrastructure. Finally, the paper proposes a method to develop a framework for risk metrics that build on these approaches.

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The Resilience Work of Institutions

01 Jul 19

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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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Resilience-Based Performance: Next Generation Guidelines for Buildings and Lifeline Standards

23 Apr 19

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This book focuses on the enhancements that are needed in the design and construction of buildings and lifeline systems to support a community’s social stability, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability. It provides the basis of a new approach that will be of interest to engineers, economists, planners, and government officials.

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Sustainability and resilience for transformation in the urban century

23 Apr 19

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This perspective paper explores how many sustainability goals contrast, or even challenge efforts to improve resilience. The authors propose a new framework that resolves current contradictions and tensions, which will significantly help urban policy and implementation processes in addressing new challenges and contributing to global sustainability in the urban century.

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NSW Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy – Partner, Prepare, Provide

01 Mar 18

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New South Wales government’s publication of its Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy, encouraging leaders in business and government to support communities by improving critical infrastructure resilience. They say ‘A state-wide resilience strategy will help keep the lights on, help keep water running, and help people and goods flow through our transport and trade routes, even in emergencies.’

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