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Resilience of Bridges to Climate Change, Natural & Man Made Hazards

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Land based transport infrastructure networks, and specifically the components of those networks e.g. bridges, represent complex assemblages of interdependent systems, which are subject to numerous threats posed by natural and man-made hazards, cascading risks, effects of ageing and ever increasing demands due to population and freight growth etc. In order to ensure uninterrupted services and reliable performance in the future the resilience of bridges need to be accurately assessed and improved. To achieve this it is essential to better understand climate change risks as well as those of natural and man made hazards and the effectiveness of adaptation strategies.

This Research Topic aims to bring together a selection of papers in order to present, discuss and exchange information and ideas on modeling, planning and management of land based transportation infrastructure components/networks, and specifically of bridges, subject to changing climate, natural and man made hazards. Particular emphasis is placed on (i) climate adaptation engineering at multiple scales, (ii) the role of interdependencies between different infrastructure components/networks, (iii) assessment/modeling of resilience and (iv) consideration of cascading effects.


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Land based transport infrastructure networks, and specifically the components of those networks e.g. bridges, represent complex assemblages of interdependent systems, which are subject to numerous threats posed by natural and man-made hazards, cascading risks, effects of ageing and ever increasing demands due to population and freight growth etc. In order to ensure uninterrupted services and reliable performance in the future the resilience of bridges need to be accurately assessed and improved. To achieve this it is essential to better understand climate change risks as well as those of natural and man made hazards and the effectiveness of adaptation strategies.

This Research Topic aims to bring together a selection of papers in order to present, discuss and exchange information and ideas on modeling, planning and management of land based transportation infrastructure components/networks, and specifically of bridges, subject to changing climate, natural and man made hazards. Particular emphasis is placed on (i) climate adaptation engineering at multiple scales, (ii) the role of interdependencies between different infrastructure components/networks, (iii) assessment/modeling of resilience and (iv) consideration of cascading effects.


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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