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Michel Bruneau

MCEER Principal Investigator and Professor, Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Buffalo, New York


Disaster Resilience

Disaster resilience is characterized by “reduced probability of system failure, reduced consequences due to failure, and reduced time to system restoration.” These three desired outcomes constitute the essence of the framework proposed by MCEER to quantitatively define resilience.

MCEER’s research activities are predicated on the notion that improvements in resilience are achieved through the application of advanced technologies and decision tools in both the pre- and post-extreme event context. Research activities seek to obtain quantitative data on the extent to which these measures result in improvements in resilience for infrastructure systems, hospitals, and communities and to explore their impacts in test-bed studies.

MCEER has initiated a major area of research called “Definition and Quantification of Resilience – Development and Application of Center-wide Resilience Measures.” This research initiative consists of the development of system-integrated definitions and the quantification of community resilience measures to ensure a set of consistent, practical and workable measures of resilience that are applicable to all MCEER research.

Research activities undertaken as part of this task are furthering MCEER’s objective of providing organizations and communities with a suite of resilience-enhancing tools that will be validated through test-beds and demonstration projects—specifically projects focusing on lifeline services in Los Angeles and hospitals in both Los Angeles and New York State.

This Center-wide approach is designed to ensure the development of reliable, validated, and replicable criteria and measures of resilience at component, network, system, and community levels for a variety of infrastructure.

MCEER's Resilience Framework (pdf)

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