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Analysing the Cascading Effects on Critical Infrastructure in Torbay Coastal/Pluvial Flooding with Climate Change

Author(s): M. J. Gibson; A. S. Chen; M. Khoury; L. S. Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia; D. Stewart; M. Wood; D. A. Savic; S. Djordjevic

Linked Author(s): Dragan Savic, Matthew Wood, Michael J. Gibson, Slobodan Djordjevic

Keywords: Cascading effects; Critical infrastructure; Flood modelling; Impact assessment

Abstract: Critical Infrastructures (CIs) are commonly designed, built and maintained based on rigorous standards in order to withstand the climate and weather-related pressures. However, shifts in climate characteristics may result in increases of the magnitude and frequency of potential risks, or expose specific CI to new or increased risks not previously considered. As vital components of the normal functioning of modern societies, their resilience encompasses the operational elements, their structural integrity and the capacity to maximize business output under climate stressors. In this work, we propose an integrated and participatory methodological approach to assess the risk and enhance the resilience of interconnected CIs to urban flooding under climate change. The proposed methodology has been applied to the Torbay case study in the EU-CIRCLE project that is also presented in the paper.


Year: 2018

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