Hazard Resilience of Civil Infrastructure

Community Resilience

Over the past decades, increased urbanization and mass migrations towards cities have contributed to population shifts and infrastructure growth in some of the world’s most hazard-prone areas. The inevitable result is the potential for large life and economic loss, something that has unfortunately been confirmed far too often in recent years by the lives lost and communities devastated as an impact of natural disasters. In our increasingly interconnected society, the effects of these events can ripple regionally and even globally.

With the goal to improve the resilience of 21st century communities to natural hazards, research needs to leverage and further advance the intellectual and computational resources being developed to better model and understand natural hazards and predict the response of civil infrastructure.

These efforts need to be further extended to offer risk assessment frameworks that can support risk mitigation decisions for both long planning and short-term emergency response. This requires integration of high-fidelity models for accurate characterization of hazard and risk with computational statistics tools that allow for fast computations to ultimately deliver a comprehensive decision support framework. Researchers within the CICS contribute across all these topics and further work on delivering the necessary cyber-infrastructure that translates this research into tools for government agencies and the broader public.

Faculty involved in this research area include Ahsan Kareem, Alexandros TaflanidisJoannes Westerink, and others.