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GNAM Global Network Week University of British Columbia : Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies Flores, Edgardo; Garg, Yogesh; Howell, Jillian


As part of the GNAM Global Network Week: Urban Resilience and Inclusive Prosperity, the team of Edgardo Flores of Tecnologico Monterrey, Yogesh Garg of the Indian Institute of Management at Bangalore, and Jillian Howell of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies investigated critical infrastructure interdependencies at the University of British Columbia Vancouver. They sought to identify the components of UBC’s critical infrastructure system that should be prioritized moving forward to make UBC more resilient in the face of potential acute shocks and longer term impacts. Using benchmark cities as case studies to identify relevant responses to shocks, the team recommended prioritizing electricity and water systems, and also implementing a resilience fund to address standard maintenance and repairs of infrastructure as well as disaster mitigation/preparation and responses/rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of a shock event. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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