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Lessons in risk- versus resilience-based design and management

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  • Jeryang Park,

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    1. School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 550 Stadium Mall Drive, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2051, USA
    • School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 550 Stadium Mall Drive, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2051, USA.
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  • Thomas P Seager,

    1. School of Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
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  • P Suresh C Rao

    1. School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 550 Stadium Mall Drive, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2051, USA
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Abstract

The implications of recent catastrophic disasters, including the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, reach well beyond the immediate, direct environmental and human health risks. In a complex coupled system, disruptions from natural disasters and man-made accidents can quickly propagate through a complex chain of networks to cause unpredictable failures in other economic or social networks and other parts of the world. Recent disasters have revealed the inadequacy of a classical risk management approach. This study calls for a new resilience-based design and management paradigm that draws upon the ecological analogues of diversity and adaptation in response to low-probability and high-consequence disruptions. Integr Environ Assess Manag 2011;7:396–399. © 2011 SETAC

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