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Developing an Assessment Methodology for Community Resilience

Published

Author(s)

Maria Dillard

Abstract

Communities can be characterized as complex systems, with resilience as an emergent property. Complex systems are systems composed of interconnected parts that exhibit emergent properties that arise from the collective and cannot be derived from the individual parts. Communities are composed of dependent social, economic, and physical subsystems. Understanding how the performance or functionality of these subsystems impacts resilience can improve planning, policy formation, and decision-making for hazards as well as chronic stressors. The systematic measurement of subsystem performance requires a coherent methodological approach that includes metric development. Meaningful, objective metrics will support systems modeling efforts for resilience and will help communities with long term monitoring and evaluation. The metrics, while enabling assessment of a community's ability to respond to hazards, will be independent of hazard events.
Proceedings Title
International Workshop on Modelling of Physical, Economic, and Social Systems for Resilience Assessment
Conference Dates
December 14-16, 2017
Conference Location
Ispra, IT

Keywords

resilience, community, metrics, indicators, complex systems, social science

Citation

Dillard, M. (2017), Developing an Assessment Methodology for Community Resilience, International Workshop on Modelling of Physical, Economic, and Social Systems for Resilience Assessment, Ispra, IT, [online], https://doi.org/10.2760/39325, https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=924859 (Accessed March 1, 2024)
Created August 21, 2017, Updated January 11, 2024