Disasters as Extreme Events and the Importance of Network Interactions for Disaster Response Management

  • Dirk Helbing
  • Hendrik Ammoser
  • Christian Kühnert
Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)


We discuss why disasters occur more frequently and are more serious than expected according to a normal distribution. Moreover, we investigate the interaction networks responsible for the cascade-like spreading of disasters. Such causality networks allow one to estimate the development of disasters with time, to give hints about when to take certain actions, to assess the suitability of alternative measures of emergency management, and to anticipate their side effects. Finally, we identify other fields where network theory could help to improve disaster response management.


Public Transport Economic Situation Emergency Management Terrorist Attack Disaster Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dirk Helbing
    • 1
  • Hendrik Ammoser
    • 1
  • Christian Kühnert
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Transport and EconomicsDresden University of TechnologyDresdenGermany

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