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Shipping Resilience: Strategic Planning for Coastal Community Resilience to Marine Transportation Risk (SIREN)

By January 17, 2021January 26th, 2021No Comments
Institution: University of British Columbia
Theme: Environmental change
Area of Vulnerability: Coastal communities, Marine industries

Principal investigator

Stephanie Chang, University of British Columbia


David Bristow, Floris Goerlandt, Ron Pelot, Cheng Lin, Linda Zhou, Anne Goodchild


Cycle II, co-funded by the Province of British Columbia

This project aims to improve understanding of how coastal marine transportation systems would be disrupted in natural hazard events, how such disruption would impact coastal communities, and what strategies could effectively address this risk. Focusing on the movement of people and goods in the emergency response phase of a disaster, the study will develop new tools, information, and risk assessments to support preparedness planning by local and provincial governments and the transportation sector. The research will deliver: (1) workshops for engaging government and transport sector stakeholders; (2) a framework for assessing coastal community resilience to shipping disruption; (3) a simulation tool based on this framework; and (4) specific findings and recommendations for two case studies – a detailed analysis of catastrophic earthquake risk in British Columbia and exploratory analysis of hurricane risk in Atlantic Canada.