Assessing Infrastructure Resilience in Small Islands: Methodology Proposal

Authors

  • Fabiane Aline Acordes German Aerospace Center & University of Wuppertal Author
  • Sylvia Bach Institute for Public Safety and Emergency Management, University of Wuppertal Author
  • Frank Fiedrich Institute for Public Safety and Emergency Management, University of Wuppertal Author
  • Frank Sill Torres Institute for Protection of Maritime Infrastructures, German Aerospace Center Author

Keywords:

Infrastructure resilience, small islands, participatory approach, critical infrastructure, disaster impacts.

Abstract

Small islands face unique challenges when it comes to increasing the resilience of their infrastructure systems, especially against climate-related disruptions. This proposal outlines a resilience-focused methodology for assessing critical infrastructure in such environments, integrating four interrelated phases: (1) literature review and documentary analysis to understand the context and existing knowledge, (2) conducting participatory workshops for local insights, (3) semi-structured interviews for in-depth perspectives, and (4) data analysis to integrate findings. This methodology, centered on participatory approaches, seeks to explore the dynamics of the impacts of disasters on the infrastructure of small islands. Developed as part of doctoral research at the German Aerospace Center and the University of Wuppertal, this methodology will be tested on Germany's East Frisian Islands from 2023 to 2026. Its emphasis on stakeholder involvement aims to bridge gaps in existing research and provide practical strategies to enhance the long-term disaster resilience of small islands communities.

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Published

2024-05-21

How to Cite

Acordes, F. A., Bach, S., Fiedrich, F., & Sill Torres, F. (2024). Assessing Infrastructure Resilience in Small Islands: Methodology Proposal. ISCRAM Proceedings, 21. https://ojs.iscram.org/index.php/Proceedings/article/view/97

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