The core objective of INFRARISK (Novel indicators for Identifying Critical Infrastructure at Risk from Natural Hazards) project (2013-2016) is to develop a stress test framework to tackle the coupled impacts of natural hazards on interdependent infrastructure networks through:

- Identifying rare low-frequency natural hazard events, which have the potential to have extreme impacts on critical infrastructure.

- Developing a stress test structure for specific natural hazards on CI networks and a framework for linear infrastructure systems with wider extents and many nodal points (roads, highways and railroads), though it is anticipated the outputs can be applied across a variety of networks (e.g telecom, energy).

- An integrated approach to hazard assessment considering the interdependencies of infrastructure networks, the correlated nature of natural hazards, cascading hazards and cascading effects, and spatial and temporal vulnerability.

- Facilitate implementation through the development of GIS based and web based stress test algorithms for complex infrastructure networks.

- Testing the framework developed through simulation of complex, case studies.

- Exploitation strategies aimed at disseminating the 'knowledge' and not just the results (e.g training courses to industry, academic and media parties).

More specifically, EPICentre's role within the project is devoted to the single and multi-risk assessment of infrastructure systems. Bayesian Network methods are developed for the harmonization of hazard and fragility models, while accounting for multi-risk interactions and cascading events.

More information can be found at www.infrarisk-fp7.eu.

Funding: European Union's Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 603960 (2.8 M€).


1. Roughan & Donovan LTD (Ireland) - Project Coordinator

2. ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

3. DRAGADOS SA (Spain)

4. Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions LTD (Ireland)

5. Probabilistic Solutions Consult and Training (Netherlands)

6. CSIC (Spain)

7. University College London (UK)

8. Prak Peter Leonard (Netherlands)

9. SINTEF (Norway)

10. Ritchey Consulting AB (Sweden)

11. University of Southampton (UK)

Infrarisk team