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Maritime Transportation Disruption: An Integrated Assessment for Coastal Community Resilience

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    Dr. Stephanie Chang University of British Columbia

Developing knowledge and tools to enhance the resilience of coastal communities to maritime transportation disruption.

The overall objective of this study is to develop knowledge and tools to enhance the resilience of coastal communities to maritime transportation disruption. In terms of socioeconomic outcomes, the research is envisioned as informing for emergency preparedness planning.

The initial focus of this project has been on distribution of a critical commodity, fuel, in the Strait of Georgia region. A new postdoctoral fellow will be focusing on transportation of emergency medical supplies and personnel.

Project achievements to date include:

  • Interviews with some 28 representatives of shipping companies, port authorities, emergency responders, local and provincial governments, and other organizations. This data is being incorporated into the system's simulation models.
  • Preliminary findings have been shared and feedback gathered at the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference (2014) and the MEOPAR West Coast Stakeholders' Workshop (May 2015).
  • The project group met with emergency managers in Powell River, BC, at their request. A draft report has been produced on the regional fuel distribution system that is written for practitioners.
  • For academic audiences, a paper on maritime transportation systems, supply chains, and the disaster resilience of coastal communities was written (manuscript under review).

A stakeholder workshop in planned for the final year of this project.


  • BC Ferries
  • BC Government - Emergency Management B.C.
  • Nanaimo Port Authority
  • Port Metro Vancouver
  • Seaspan Ferries


  • Hadi Dowlatabadi University of British Colombia
  • Terje Haukaas University of British Colombia


  • Alannah Brown University of British Columbia
  • Bethany Dobson University of British Columbia


  • Chang,Stephanie,Dobson,Bethany,Dowlatabadi,Hadi,Chang, S.E., A.J. Brown, R. Costa. 2017, A community resilience approach to assessing transportation risk in disasters, World Conference on Earthquake Engineering., no. 3431, 12 pp.,
  • Chang,Stephanie,Dowlatabadi,Hadi,Haukaas,Terje,Costa, R.. 2017, Network model to assess the probability of fuel shortage due to earthquakes in coastal British Columbia, ICOSSAR, 6-10,
  • Brown,Alannah,. 0, The fuel transportation system in coastal British Columbia: Attributes and vulnerabilities, ,

This research is expected to enhance the capacity of stakeholders to understand the risk, prepare in advance, and respond effectively in marine emergencies, thereby reducing disaster losses to coastal communities.