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Economics of Community Disaster Resilience Workshop Proceedings



Bilal Ayyub, Robert E. Chapman, Gearald Galloway, Richard Wright


This report documents the effort launched by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop, organize, and convene a workshop on the economics of community disaster resilience to promote the use of economics for system sustainment and guide NIST in developing a portfolio of programs that are focused on providing the enabling measurement science to key industry stakeholders. The workshop was organized around three cross-cutting themes: (1) resilience planning and deployment; (2) dealing with uncertainty; and (3) economics of recovery. Plenary session presentations were commissioned covering each of the three cross- cutting themes. The plenary session presentations set the stage for focused breakout sessions organized around the three cross-cutting themes. The breakout sessions were used to develop a snapshot of the current state-of-the-art in that topic area, as well as identify gaps and research opportunities. Change agents were also identified. The results of the workshop breakout sessions presented herein provide a path forward for key stakeholders. Thus, this report provides the elements of a roadmap useful not only for NIST but for other key industry stakeholders on potential opportunities for their resilience-related research, development, and deployment efforts. The workshop provided many useful insights for NIST as it moves forward with its portfolio of programs focused on resilience-related research. The material contained in this report will promote an increased awareness of resilience-related issues. The report identifies definitional and methodological disconnects and analyzes them from a systems perspective. The report also identifies best practices and barriers to the increased use of resilience-related products and processes and recommends actions for NIST and others to address these barriers.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1600
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Disaster, community, economics, life cycle assessment, metrics, resilience, standards, synergies and interdependencies, systems, uncertainty


Ayyub, B. , Chapman, R. , Galloway, G. and Wright, R. (2016), Economics of Community Disaster Resilience Workshop Proceedings, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed May 28, 2024)


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Created February 29, 2016, Updated October 12, 2021