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Special Issue "Disaster-risk Reduction and Impact Assessment for Resilience and Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Nicolas Sifakis

National Observatory of Athens / European Rsearch Council
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Interests: Use of satellite data for: air-pollution monitoring and associated health indicators; Nature protection and conservation of biodiversity; assistance in crisis management of natural disasters.
Co-Guest Editor
Ms. Christine Haffner-Sifakis

United Nations Environment Program
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Phone: +3222173041
Interests: ecosystem management; disaster prevention; circular economy and SCP; sustainable development goals; sustainable finance; marine and coastal protection

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Managing natural disasters and building resilience are, unquestionably, two pillars to attain sustainability on a climatically-changing Earth. Thus, the adoption of the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change focus on enhancing adaptive capacity, increasing resilience, and limiting vulnerability, while the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development underlines the urgent need to reduce the risk of disasters.

The current Special Issue of Sustainability is seeking papers that can demonstrate how the notions of emergency management, including risk reduction, preparedness and of impact assessment, can be translated into cost-effective policies and practices, favorable of resilience, adaptation and sustainability within the critical zone, particularly in and around our vulnerable growing cities.

Original research articles and literature review papers addressing disaster-risk reduction (including prevention and mitigation) and impact assessment for resilience and sustainability (including recovery actions) will be considered for publication in this issue. In line with this journal’s policy of having no restriction on the overall length of the paper, Section Editors will expect academic communications to be concise, clear and readable. Authors are advised to make full use of ‘Supplementary Materials’ in their submissions.

Dr. Nicolas Sifakis
Ms. Christine Haffner-Sifakis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • climate change
  • sustainability
  • resilience
  • sustainable cities
  • sustainable development
  • risk reduction
  • emergency management
  • impact assessment
  • adaptation policy
  • UN 2030 Agenda
  • Paris Agreement

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Research

Open AccessArticle A Comparative Analysis of Coordination, Participation, and Training in Post-Disaster Shelter Projects
Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 4241; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114241
Received: 30 October 2018 / Revised: 13 November 2018 / Accepted: 13 November 2018 / Published: 16 November 2018
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The delivery of post-disaster shelter assistance continues to be fraught with challenges derived from the coordination of resources, involvement of project stakeholders, and training of households and builders. There is a need to better understand what project elements in the delivery of post-disaster
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The delivery of post-disaster shelter assistance continues to be fraught with challenges derived from the coordination of resources, involvement of project stakeholders, and training of households and builders. There is a need to better understand what project elements in the delivery of post-disaster shelter projects most influence resilience and sustainability. To address this need, we examined nineteen post-disaster shelter projects in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. We first characterized coordination, participation, and training employed across the planning, design, and construction phases of shelter projects and then used fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) to assess the influence of these elements, alone and in combination, on building resilient and sustainable community infrastructure systems. Findings show that early involvement of households in planning efforts, combined with subsequent training, was important in evolving recovery outcomes. Our results point to the importance of: (1) supporting household sheltering processes over delivering hard products; (2) strategically linking project processes across phases; and (3) aligning humanitarian actions with long-term development. Conclusions from this study contribute to theory of sheltering in developing communities and more broadly to theory of recovery processes that link to community resilience and sustainability. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Identifying Risk Indicators of Building Damage Due to Typhoons: Focusing on Cases of South Korea
Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 3947; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10113947
Received: 23 September 2018 / Revised: 18 October 2018 / Accepted: 25 October 2018 / Published: 30 October 2018
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This study identifies the risk indicators of building damage from typhoons and determines the correlations among this damage, typhoon information, geographic vulnerability, construction environment, and socioeconomic vulnerability. This fundamental research aids the development of a typhoon loss prediction model for building construction projects
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This study identifies the risk indicators of building damage from typhoons and determines the correlations among this damage, typhoon information, geographic vulnerability, construction environment, and socioeconomic vulnerability. This fundamental research aids the development of a typhoon loss prediction model for building construction projects in South Korea. Extreme weather events have become increasingly prevalent around the world, with subsequent increases in related damages. Early attempts to meet the growing demands for a loss prediction model have been insufficiently comprehensive, and specifically in South Korea, research on risk indicators is needed that considers the geographic, building, and socioeconomic features. This research used the regional typhoon loss records from the annual report of the Ministry of Public Safety and Security (MPSS) to define the dependent variable of building damage. The results and findings of this study will inform the development of a typhoon loss prediction model in South Korea. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Assessment of Critical Infrastructure Resilience to Flooding Using a Response Curve Approach
Sustainability 2018, 10(10), 3470; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103470
Received: 15 August 2018 / Revised: 21 September 2018 / Accepted: 26 September 2018 / Published: 28 September 2018
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Following a flood the functioning of critical infrastructure (CI), such as power and transportation networks, plays an important role in recovery and the resilience of the city. Previous research investigated resilience indicators, however, there is no method in the literature to quantify the
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Following a flood the functioning of critical infrastructure (CI), such as power and transportation networks, plays an important role in recovery and the resilience of the city. Previous research investigated resilience indicators, however, there is no method in the literature to quantify the resilience of CI to flooding specifically or to quantify the effect of measures. This new method to quantify CI resilience to flooding proposes an expected annual disruption (EADIS) metric and curve of disruption versus likelihood. The units used for the EADIS metric for disruption are in terms of people affected over time (person × days). Using flood modelling outputs, spatial infrastructure, and population data as inputs, this metric is used to benchmark CI resilience to flooding and test the improvement with resilience enhancing measures. These measures are focused on the resilience aspects robustness, redundancy and flexibility. Relative improvements in resilience were quantified for a case study area in Toronto, Canada and it was found that redundancy, flexibility, and robustness measures resulted in 44, 30, and 48% reductions in EADIS respectively. While there are limitations, results suggest that this method can effectively quantify CI resilience to flooding and quantify relative improvements with resilience enhancing measures for cities. Full article
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