Environment Systems and Decisions

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 252–263 | Cite as

Towards disaster-resilient cities: an approach for setting priorities in infrastructure mitigation efforts

  • Timothy L. McDaniels
  • Stephanie E. Chang
  • David Hawkins
  • Gerard Chew
  • Holly Longstaff
Article

Abstract

Making cities more disaster resilient is an important goal for civil society. We develop and apply a method to elicit ranked preferences to set priorities among alternatives for a small set of selected contexts for improving regional infrastructure resilience. Our approach is based on preference judgments from representatives of infrastructure systems and civil society, in which we characterize the key steps in framing how to select, characterize, and evaluate alternatives in a given decision context. We then provide an approach to ranking alternatives for a given potential infrastructure failure interaction risk, relying on an expert panel approach. We discuss the evaluation of this approach by the participants and views of its advantages and disadvantages. We also offer some caveats and suggestions for future applications. Key findings include understanding of what is needed to set responsible priorities for regional infrastructure resilience, and the specific findings, for the region of interest, include priorities for enhancing fuel supply, water supply, and road mobility.

Keywords

Infrastructure systems Resilience Infrastructure failure interdependencies Mitigation priority setting Risk ranking Expert elicitation Preference ranking 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy L. McDaniels
    • 1
  • Stephanie E. Chang
    • 1
  • David Hawkins
    • 1
  • Gerard Chew
    • 1
  • Holly Longstaff
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), and Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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