Network Resilience in Human-Environmental Systems

CMCC Webinar
February 23, 2021 – h. 03:00 pm CET

Speaker: Ali Kharrazi, Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) and DAIS, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow

Moderator:  Francesca Larosa,  Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice


What can the topology of networks tell us about security and resilience of our coupled social-environmental commodities? While the interconnectedness and complexity of our social-environmental systems have increased considerably, our understanding of the dynamic behavior of these systems has not kept pace, and therefore, we see that the importance of the resilience of social-environmental systems to shocks and or disturbances continues to grow in the rhetoric surrounding sustainable development. In this light, a net-work approach that considers the direct and indirect transactions and relations between nodes is one method that quantitatively represents the concept of resilience and allows us to better prepare for potential shocks and disturbances such as, for example, climate change, economic disruptions, and the disruptions resulting from pandemics. This presentation overviews how the topology of networks can convey to us important insights on the security and resilience of our social-environmental systems, for example, such as water, energy, food, and trade networks.

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Fondazione CMCC – Centro Euro‐Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici
DAIS, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

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