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The Business Case for Resilience

23 Jul 19

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In this paper, The business case for resilience, Arcadis explore this topic within the context of cities, industries, utilities and mobility, and ground the discussion in concrete examples of work that they have done.

The paper also examines the important topics of digital and financial resilience.

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Critical infrastructure interdependency analysis: Operationalising resilience strategies

23 Jul 19

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This paper proposes a critical infrastructure interdependency analysis framework and illustrates its application in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. This framework leverages system-level and asset-level infrastructure analyses to illustrate potential cascading and escalating failures, as well as to identify and prioritise potential resilience strategies. The Puerto Rico case study also elucidates the elements and required conditions to operationalise critical infrastructure interdependency analysis in all phases of risk and emergency management, and in the broader perspective of long-term adaptation planning and sustainable development.

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Vulnerabilities of Networked Energy Infrastructure: A primer

17 Jun 19

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Considerable work has been done to understand and improve the resilience of individual infrastructure components. However, systems of components, or even systems of systems, are far less well understood. Cascade effects, where the loss of one infrastructure affects others, is a major source of vulnerability which can lead to catastrophic disruptions of essential services. Interdependencies can also lead to large-scale failures when even a single component is disrupted and results in ‘cascading’ failures within and between networks. This is particularly true for power systems, as many other lifeline infrastructure systems rely on electricity. In this study we review the literature and give a primer on the vulnerabilities of networked energy infrastructure.

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Views from insurance about the SmartResilience Project

03 Jul 19

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On 18-19 February 2019, EPFL organised a workshop of the SmartResilience project, hosted by the Swiss Re Institute in Zurich. The workshop gathered representatives from insurance and insurance experts. After providing some general considerations about insurance, resilience and critical infrastructure (CI) to describe the context in which the methodologies developed by the SmartResilience project can be used in an insurance setting, this report provides an analysis of the contribution of SmartResilience to insurance. The analysis elaborates from research made prior to the workshop, presentations made by partners of SmartResilience, and discussion among participants.

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Resilient Water Infrastructure: Improving Understanding and Assessing Needs

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The long-term goal of this research is to drive water utilities to become more resilient enterprises. A principal motivation is the need to maintain stakeholder confidence in utilities’ capacity to manage the substantive challenges they face (in the short-, mid- and long-term). In support of that overall aim, this project: (1) Helps establish a common definition for “resilient infrastructure” in the context of the water utility sector in the United States; (2) Identified existing resources, ongoing efforts, best practices, and potential partner agencies or organizations addressing infrastructure resilience in the water sector, in the United States and internationally; (3) Identified and prioritized a set of targeted research needs and objectives that, if addressed, will underpin the development of pragmatic tools and guidance for water utilities.

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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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Australian electricity networks – a statement on national research priorities for natural hazards emergency management and resilience

16 May 19

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In August 2018, electricity network service providers from around Australia participated in a workshop hosted by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC to consider the most significant natural hazard emergency management issues they are facing over the next ten years. This publication on Australian electricity networks summarises the outcome of the workshop and poses questions as a guide for a national research agenda and outlines priorities for knowledge gaps to be filled.

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Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis

22 May 19

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Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) provides stepwise planning guidance for water resources planners, managers, and engineers to implement robust water management as promoted by the AGWA network — particularly for water managers working in the developing world. CRIDA is specifically designed to support the implementation of effective decisions under conditions of deep uncertainty. The scope is for practitioners working on site specific problem solving, such as water shortages and drought at a specific geographical locations in developing and highly vulnerable regions of the world.

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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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