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Contributions of smart technologies to disaster resilience

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posted on 2023-02-28, 04:31 authored by A Sharifi, Zaheer AllamZaheer Allam
Rapid advances in information and communication technologies have added momentum to smart city initiatives. It is expected that issues related to smart cities will continue to dominate urban planning discourses in science and policy circles in the coming decades. By investing in smart solutions, planners and policy makers aim to solve societal challenges and improve the overall quality of life of people. One major challenge that cities have always dealt with is disaster risk management. In fact, given the high concentration of people and assets in urban areas, disaster risk management has always been high on the agenda of planners and urban authorities. Accordingly, the concept of urban resilience has received significant attention over the past 2–3 decades. Literature on urban resilience is vast and rapidly expanding. However, actual and/or potential contributions of smart city solutions and technologies to urban resilience are relatively underexplored in the literature. This chapter fills this gap by discussing how smart technologies can be deployed in different sectors to improve urban resilience. This is done by providing examples of various systems and sectors such as early warning systems, social media, water, energy, and transportation sectors. Overall, results show that smart solutions contribute to resilience through enhancing different characteristics such as robustness, modularity, efficiency, agility, and diversity.

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Chapter number

10

Pagination

219-240

ISBN-13

9780323855532

Language

English

Publication classification

B1.1 Book chapter

Extent

16

Editor/Contributor(s)

Khavarian-Garmsir AR

Publisher

Elsevier

Place of publication

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Title of book

Urban Climate Adaptation and Mitigation

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