NSF infrastructure resilience research

Paul M. Torrens, Geography and UMIACS, University of Maryland, College Park

To investigate innovative ways to bolster the resilience of the electrical grid, water systems and other lifelines and services, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded grants totaling nearly $17 million to 10 projects researching the development of more resilient complex public infrastructures.

In the example above, "this image shows a section of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, following a simulated earthquake. Potential safe movement paths around debris are shown as multi-color ribbons, calculated from a massively interactive agent-based model of likely behavior in the hour after the event. The height of the ribbons indicates the potential speed of movement possible; color denotes the buildings from which the trips might originate."

More about the research here: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132852