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Assessing Urban Resilience in Complex and Dynamic Systems: The RESCCUE Project Approach in Lisbon Research Site

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CERIS, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
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HIDRA, Hidráulica e Ambiente Lda., Av. Defensores de Chaves, n. 31–1º Esq., 1000-111 Lisboa, Portugal
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National Civil Engineering Laboratory, LNEC, Av. Brasil 101, 1700-066 Lisboa, Portugal
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Lisbon City Council, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, CML, Praça José Queirós, n. 1–3º piso–Fração 5, 1800-237 Lisboa, Portugal
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Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 8931; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218931
Received: 29 September 2020 / Revised: 24 October 2020 / Accepted: 25 October 2020 / Published: 27 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Resilience in a Context of Climate Change)
Urban environments are challenged with unprecedented anthropogenic and natural pressures, the latter being accelerated by the growing awareness of the consequences of climate change. The concept of urban resilience has been growing in response, since it allows us to understand city behaviour as a system of systems, improving its response to extreme climate-related events. This paper presents the EU H2020 Resilience to Cope with Climate Change in Urban Areas (RESCCUE) project approach in Lisbon’s research site, regarding the Hazur® resilience assessment methodology. This methodology focuses on the interdependencies between services and infrastructures, and on the recovery times needed to restore its normal functionalities. This approach allows the integration of several work packages of the RESCCUE project, from climate change projections to adaptation strategies selection. The assessment was conducted for 19 services and 146 infrastructures, including water (supply and drainage systems), power, mobility, waste, telecommunication, environment, and the social sector. The principal climate-related hazard analysed at the Lisbon research site was urban flooding. The main result consists of a deep understanding of the relations between different services and the consequent cascade effects triggered by flooding events. Stakeholders’ involvement, beyond the project consortium, was fundamental for the success of the methodology implementation. View Full-Text
Keywords: cascading effects; climate change; urban flooding; urban resilience; urban services cascading effects; climate change; urban flooding; urban resilience; urban services
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Barreiro, J.; Lopes, R.; Ferreira, F.; Brito, R.; Telhado, M.J.; Matos, J.S.; Matos, R.S. Assessing Urban Resilience in Complex and Dynamic Systems: The RESCCUE Project Approach in Lisbon Research Site. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8931. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218931

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Barreiro J, Lopes R, Ferreira F, Brito R, Telhado MJ, Matos JS, Matos RS. Assessing Urban Resilience in Complex and Dynamic Systems: The RESCCUE Project Approach in Lisbon Research Site. Sustainability. 2020; 12(21):8931. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218931

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Barreiro, João; Lopes, Ruth; Ferreira, Filipa; Brito, Rita; Telhado, Maria J.; Matos, José S.; Matos, Rafaela S. 2020. "Assessing Urban Resilience in Complex and Dynamic Systems: The RESCCUE Project Approach in Lisbon Research Site" Sustainability 12, no. 21: 8931. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218931

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