Examining the Sustainable Resilience of an Urban System

Authors: Katherine Nelson*, Vanderbilt University
Topics: Sustainability Science, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Coupled Human and Natural Systems
Keywords: resilience, adaptation, flood, urban systems
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon B3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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The concepts of resilience, vulnerability, and sustainability are widely used in assessing the quality or state of a variety of systems, and there is increasing interest in understanding the relationship between these concepts and how they can be combined to better assess quality and performance of complex systems. A proposed integrated assessment framework that combines the concepts of vulnerability, resilience, and sustainability in order to address the ability of socio-environmental systems to maintain desired performance objectives while also considering inter- and intra- generational distribution of impacts and capital, termed “sustainable resilience”, has recently been developed. In this work I present preliminary results from application of the sustainable resilience framework to an urban system, Nashville, Tennessee, that has recently experienced a significant natural hazard event. Using scenario analysis, I examine not only the observed system, but also estimate potential impacts to sustainable resilience given climate-induced increased flood severity and different levels of adoption of a home buyout program implemented as an adaptation strategy. In addition, methodological challenges and opportunities for further application of the sustainable resilience framework will be discussed.

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