Title: Understanding and mitigating cascading crises in the global interconnected system
Authors: PESCAROLI GIANLUCANONES MICHAELGALBUSERA LUCAALEXANDER DAVID
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION vol. 30 no. Part B p. 159-163
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC112305
ISSN: 2212-4209 (online)
URI: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918307994?via%3Dihub
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC112305
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.07.004
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Cascading crises and disasters in the global interconnected system are emerging topics in today’s disaster risk reduction research. The primary objective is improving the capability of our societies to cope with such events and mitigate their detrimental consequences, through an evolved understanding of their nature. Rather than being merely considered as an outcome of low-probability/high-impact processes, cascading events can be associated to the cross-scale accumulation of vulnerability paths constituted by events waiting to happen. In this context, instead of focusing solely on triggering events, it seems important to point out the interactions orienting the escalation of secondary emergencies through vulnerability paths. This Special Issue integrates those emerging aspects with an operational approach that considers cascades as the complex, non-linear escalation of secondary emergencies. Key topics addressed by the contributions include: cross-domain modelling of interdependent systems; decision support systems; economic impact assessment of critical events; cascades in the built environment, in social domains, and in applied emergency management. Our conclusions support the work of academia, public and private stakeholders, providing a comprehensive analysis of the topic for the improvement of theory, resilience assessment, crisis management policies, and operational emergency planning.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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