Post-disaster supply chain interdependent critical infrastructure system restoration: A review of data necessary and available for modeling

Data Science Journal
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Abstract

The majority of restoration strategies in the wake of large-scale disasters have focused on short-term emergency response solutions. Few consider medium- to long-term restoration strategies to reconnect urban areas to national supply chain interdependent critical infrastructure systems (SCICI). These SCICI promote the effective flow of goods, services, and information vital to the economic vitality of an urban environment. To re-establish the connectivity that has been broken during a disaster between the different SCICI, relationships between these systems must be identified, formulated, and added to a common framework to form a system-level restoration plan. To accomplish this goal, a considerable collection of SCICI data is necessary. The aim of this paper is to review what data are required for model construction, the accessibility of these data, and their integration with each other. While a review of publicly available data reveals a dearth of real-time data to assist modeling long-term recovery following an extreme event, a significant amount of static data does exist and these data can be used to model the complex interdependencies needed. For the sake of illustration, a particular SCICI (transportation) is used to highlight the challenges of determining the interdependencies and creating models capable of describing the complexity of an urban environment with the data publicly available. Integration of such data as is derived from public domain sources is readily achieved in a geospatial environment, after all geospatial infrastructure data are the most abundant data source and while significant quantities of data can be acquired through public sources, a significant effort is still required to gather, develop, and integrate these data from multiple sources to build a complete model. Therefore, while continued availability of high quality, public information is essential for modeling efforts in academic as well as government communities, a more streamlined approach to a real-time acquisition and integration of these data is essential.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Post-disaster supply chain interdependent critical infrastructure system restoration: A review of data necessary and available for modeling
Series title Data Science Journal
DOI 10.5334/dsj-2016-001
Volume 15
Issue 1
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Ubiquity Press
Contributing office(s) Center for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS)
Description 13 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N