Guest Talk: Resilience assessment of co-dependent urban water supply networks
Water supply networks are part of the critical urban infrastructure that is essential for the maintenance of cities and their people. In many cities, water supply networks are among the oldest infrastructure and are in a correspondingly worn condition. With increasing urbanization and water scarcity as a result of climate change, water networks are increasingly confronted with new threats.In order to take these dangers into account in planning and operation, the resilience of the water supply networks is to be examined. This work provides an insight into how water supply networks can be optimized in terms of resilience and how resilience is related to uncertainties in the networks – either in terms of the availability of the critical components (pumps, valves, tanks, …) or in terms of changing needs (as a result of urbanization, climate change, …). Co-dependencies between the water supply network and other networks such as the electricity and communication networks are also taken into account.