Lessons in risk- versus resilience-based design and management

Jeryang Park, Thomas Seager, P. Suresh C Rao

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The implications of recent catastrophic disasters, including the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, reach well beyond the immediate, direct environmental and human health risks. In a complex coupled system, disruptions from natural disasters and man-made accidents can quickly propagate through a complex chain of networks to cause unpredictable failures in other economic or social networks and other parts of the world. Recent disasters have revealed the inadequacy of a classical risk management approach. This study calls for a new resilience-based design and management paradigm that draws upon the ecological analogues of diversity and adaptation in response to low-probability and high-consequence disruptions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-399
Number of pages4
JournalIntegrated environmental assessment and management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Daiichi nuclear power plant
  • Deepwater
  • Fukushima
  • Horizon
  • Hurricane
  • Katrina
  • Resilience-based design
  • Risk management
  • Safe-fail

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science(all)


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