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The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 214, Issue 1, pp 571-595

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Towards integrative risk management and more resilient societies

  • D. Al-KhudhairyAffiliated withGlobal Security and Crisis Management Unit, Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen, Joint Research Centre
  • , K. AxhausenAffiliated withETH Zürich, Institut für Verkehrsplanung/Transportsysteme
  • , S. BishopAffiliated withDepartment of Mathematics, University College London
  • , H. HerrmannAffiliated withInstitut für Baustoffe, ETH Zürich
  • , B. HuAffiliated withFakultät für Betriebswirtschaft, Universität der Bundeswehr München
  • , W. KrögerAffiliated withRisk Center, ETH Zürich
  • , T. LewisAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, Naval Postgraduate School
  • , J. MacIntoshAffiliated withInstitute for Security & Resilience Studies, University College London
  • , A. NowakAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University
    • , S. PicklAffiliated withFakultät für Informatik, Institut für Theoretische Informatik, Mathematik und Operations Research, Universität der Bundeswehr München Email author 
    • , D. StauffacherAffiliated withICT4Peace Foundation
    • , E. TanAffiliated withNational Security Coordination Centre, RAHS Solutions Centre, RPO

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Society depends decisively on the availability of infrastructure systems such as energy, telecommunication, transportation, banking and finance, health care and governmental and public administration. Even selective damages of one of these infrastructures may result in disruptions of governmental, industrial or public functions. Vulnerability of infrastructures therefore provides spectacular leverage for natural disasters as well as criminal and terrorist actions. Threats and risks are part of the technological, economical, and societal development. This article focuses on the development and characterization of an integrative risk-management which, from the perspective of “resilient systems”, can be seen as an innovative and pro-active crisis management approach dealing with the increasing amount of complexity in societies in a comprehensive, agile and adaptive way.

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