Title: Assessing and managing the inoperability of transportation systems and interdependent sectors

Authors: Yacov Y. Haimes, Joost R. Santos, Gregory M. Williams

Addresses: Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems, 112A Olsson Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903, USA. ' Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems, 112A Olsson Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903, USA. ' Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems, 112A Olsson Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903, USA

Abstract: As the global economy continues to grow, the importance of the transportation system increases. Many economic sectors depend upon it either for the transport of goods or for commuting purposes. Disruptions to the transportation system, such as those caused by a terrorist attack or a hurricane, can adversely affect the productivity of interdependent sectors. This article seeks to assess the impact of transportation failures on interdependent sectors, leading to the development of a risk management framework for systemic analysis and mitigation of potential consequences. To provide specific insights on interdependencies surrounding transportation systems, case studies have been conducted.

Keywords: computer tools; cost-benefit analysis; economic analysis; inoperability; input-output; interdependency; risk assessment; risk management; security; transportation systems; transport failures.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRAM.2007.014669

International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, 2007 Vol.7 No.6/7, pp.968 - 992

Available online: 23 Jul 2007 *

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