About this Research Topic
Urban infrastructure systems like road, pipes, bridge, transportation networks are facing a growing number of possible disruptions, such as natural disasters, human-made accidents, and common failures. This is due to their age, condition, and interdependence with other infrastructure. Moreover, the current and expected funding deficits make management of urban infrastructure more critical. Risk management strategies have traditionally focused on reducing the likelihood of disruptive events, the potential consequences of adverse events, and combinations of both. A protection strategy is critical to prevent undesired events or consequences; however, recent evidence suggests that not all undesired events can be prevented. The wildfire of Australia is among the most recent examples of a disruptive event that adversely impacted multiple networked systems. Therefore, it is needed to determine and plan resilient infrastructure systems through preparedness, response, and recovery, which is an issue of growing importance in sustainable cities. A comprehensive research program is thus required to develop a multi-dimensional resilience analysis for the interdependent and complex infrastructure systems.
This Research Topic aims to highlight the emerging research on multi-dimensional resilience analysis framework for urban infrastructure systems. To measure the resiliency of the urban infrastructure systems, various general metrics (e.g., robustness, rapidity, resourcefulness, redundancy, quality of service) have been defined in the literature. Resilience is considered as a function of absorptive capacity, adaptive capacity, and restorative capacity. However, many works in infrastructure systems is focused on individual system or individual asset level vulnerability (withstanding a disruption) rather than system resilience (withstanding then recovering). There exists a highly coupled relationship among infrastructures and the resilience of one system can impact the resilience of others. Recognizing the interdependence among infrastructure systems is vital for planning for their operation. Therefore, there is a need for improved understanding of inter-dependencies at a systems level.
The Topics on interests include but is not strictly limited to:
• Resilience management
• Resilience engineering
• Disaster management
• Emergency management
• Natural hazards
• Human-made disasters
• Network-based approaches
• Empirical approaches
• Water, sewer, stormwater infrastructure
• Road, pavement, bridge infrastructure
• Diverse perspectives on resilience
• Emergent technologies AI, ML, big data, drones
Keywords: Risk management, Resilient Infrastructure Systems, Multi-dimensional resilience, Urban Infrastructure Systems, Disaster Management, Natural Hazards, Resilience
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