WP 5

Societal resilience

WP5 Lead: FMI

Main contact person: Prof Adriaan Perrels

Main objective:

Develop societal resilience strategies and identify the impacts of event cascades by better information sharing

Resilience is built around the timely availability of knowledge, information and data for all relevant actors, and the appropriate amount of resources and incentives to act timely, while applying this principle to subsequent phases of resilience management (prevention, preparedness, crisis, management, recovery). Sharing of information and safeguarding access to affordable information, as well as coherent accountability for risk management are key building blocks, which were found to be even still not optimal in Nordic countries (Van Well et al 2018). In WP5 we will explore benefits and obstacles of coherent information sharing, risk reporting, and accountability structures as a basis for effective incentivization. Special attention will be given to adequacy of information sharing across sectoral and spatial domains, such as to better contain cascading risks.

WP5 illustrates the creation of cooperative structures of data collection and sharing with respect to

  • observing hazardous (hydro)meteorological conditions
  • observing the impacts of these conditions on linear infrastructure
  • facilitating joint and single organisation causal analysis of these conditions with respect to the social, economic and environmental direct and indirect consequences.

WP5 will also pay attention to the regulatory and resourcing prerequisites of such data sharing facilities aimed at learning and future prevention or reduction of damage owing to natural hazards. 

Main research question:

How can the impacts of event cascades be managed, how the knowledge developed be best used to develop societal resilience strategies?

Research activities will focus on identifying barriers and ways to develop adaptive capacity in transnational infrastructure management systems as well as explore ways to integrate sources of adaptive capacity such as local knowledge, social capital and organizations.

How can intelligent solutions to linear infrastructure management be best incorporated into policy and practice?

Information transfer and dialogue are central to achieving this aim. Consortium activities will focus on the continuous involvement of stakeholders for