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A Systems Thinking approach to post-disaster restoration of maritime transportation systems

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Abstract

A Systems Thinking approach is used to examine elements of a maritime transportation system that are most likely to be impacted by an extreme event. The majority of the literature uses a high-level view that can fail to capture the damage at the sub-system elements. This work uses a system dynamics simulation for a better view and understanding of the Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as a whole system and uses Hurricane Georges (1998), as a representative disruptive event. The model focuses on the impacts of natural disasters at the sub-system level with a final goal of determining the sequence needed to restore an ocean-going port to its pre-event state. This work in progress details model development and outlines steps for using real-world information to assist maritime port manager planning and recommendations for best practices to mitigate disaster damage.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title A Systems Thinking approach to post-disaster restoration of maritime transportation systems
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Institute of Industrial Engineers
Contributing office(s) Center for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS)
Description 11 p.
First page 2262
Last page 2272
Conference Title IIE Annual Conference
Conference Location Nashville, TN
Conference Date May 30 - June 2, 2015
Country Puerto Rico
Other Geospatial Port of San Juan