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Advancing critical infrastructure modelling in a complex world

3rd International ConferenceNatural Hazards and Risks in a Changing World
Addressing Compound and Multi-Hazard Risk


Elco Koks (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)


Alexander Fekete (TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences)Sadhana Nirandjan (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

In our ever-evolving world, safeguarding critical infrastructure is paramount. This session focuses on advancing critical infrastructure risk modelling, particularly in the realm of multi-hazard, multi-risk, cascading, and compound events. Vital systems like energy, water, transportation, and communication underpin societal functioning. Natural hazards underscore the need to comprehend infrastructure responses to stress, as a single disruption can trigger widespread repercussions across households, businesses, and economies. Addressing compound events and interconnected extremes is pivotal, given they strain systems beyond design limits. 

This session invites abstracts that contribute to enhancing our comprehension of critical infrastructure vulnerability to various natural hazards, and methodological advancement to refine existing or develop new risk and impact models, including approaches to analyse empirical data from past disruptions or capture network characteristics and interdependencies, encompassing social and business impacts. Also, contributions that target the development of impact models sensitive to diverse hazards, sub-hazards, and concurrent multi-hazards are welcome. Moreover, we encourage submissions focused on tackling uncertainty inherent in infrastructure risk modelling and employing Decision-making Under Deep Uncertainty approaches, and welcome those that advance global goals such as resilient infrastructure and accessible provisions for all.