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A paper on underground transport systems resilience based on RESCCUE, published in Natural Hazards journal


A paper on underground transport systems resilience based on RESCCUE, published in Natural Hazards journal

A new paper entitled “Hazards threatening underground transport systems”, framed on the RESCCUE project was published recently in Natural Hazards journal, part of Springer Science Editorial. Edwar Forero-Ortiz and Eduardo Martínez-Gomariz, from Cetaqua, Water Technology Centre, have written about this important matter to address the consequences that, at the end of the day, climate change is going to force us, citizens and cities, to face.

Today, 54% of the world’s population lives in cities, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66% by 2050. All these numbers lead us to build towards new models of urban resilience, as the constant impact of climate change hits the metropolis not only in economic terms but also in its everyday life. For instance, six out of ten cities are at risk from floods, storms surges, tsunamis and other extreme weather events that could expose both infrastructures and people.

Nowadays, the raise of awareness is palpable but the lack of adjustment to climate change is also clear within the policy framework. This work claims the necessity to operate in the short term to develop resilience and so, to mitigate several hazards in the urban areas. It reveals the problems that the functioning of the public transport networks might turn out having if this critical matter is not approached and addressed as soon as possible.

Metro systems perform a significant function for millions of ridership worldwide as urban passengers rely on a secure, reliable, and accessible underground transportation way for their regular conveyance. However, hazards can restrict normal metro service and plans to develop or improve metro systems set aside some way to cope with these hazards. This paper presents a summary of the potential hazards to underground transportation systems worldwide, identifying a knowledge gap on the understanding of water-related impacts on metro networks.

This way, inevitably, the resilience concept becomes an everyday issue that needs to be constantly developed. In this context, the project RESCCUE was born to adapt cities to climate change; increasing its capability to anticipate future risks and therefore, to minimize the possible damage caused by them.

This investigation was the first one, implemented at a large-scale, framed on innovation and urban resilience and it was validated in three different cities (Barcelona, Lisbon and Bristol), aiming to provide innovative models and tools to become ready and well prepared to face adverse conditions, such as the ones already outlined.

RESCCUE encompasses a set of urban resilience assessment, planning and management. Activities that have proved to be crucial to improve the quality of life of millions of citizens, as these tools will help cities to face Climate Change reality.


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