Infrastructure systems underpin our communities, promoting social wellbeing and supporting economic growth, they function by transporting resources from where they are generated or stored to where they are needed. This can include clean drinking water, electricity and food supplies, amongst others. In the event of a large-scale natural disaster (such as a hurricane, earthquake or tsunami) these systems are highly likely to become damaged and leave areas without access to any supply of resource. Disaster management, or emergency management, concerns the creation of plans which aim to reduce community vulnerability to hazards and enables them to cope with the impacts of disasters, particularly when infrastructure systems become damaged and disrupted.
This PhD project will initially assess the damage to infrastructure systems from natural hazards, before considering the resource requirements of a population in the immediate, short and long term disaster phases. This will then enable the development of methodologies aimed at increasing the supply of resource to areas in need during these disaster phases. This may involve temporary access to resource (i.e. through electricity generators), prioritisation of areas to restore resource access or (in the longer-term) plans to alter the main infrastructure provision (i.e. alter the position of the underground pipe network in a water distribution system to ensure it has a higher level of resilience to future events).
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Dr Sarah Dunn, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.ncl.ac.uk/engineering/staff/profile/sarahdunn.html