Special Issue "Critical Infrastructure Resilience Facing Extreme Weather Events"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. José Campos e Matos
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Guest Editor
ISISE, IB-S, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Campus de Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: infrastructure management and maintenance; risk-based management systems; resilience and robustness; lifecycle costs; existing infrastructures
Dr. Hélder S. Sousa
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Guest Editor
ISISE, IB-S, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Campus de Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: resilience; reliability; existing structures; nondestructive testing; monitoring; asset management; predictive models
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Prof. Dr. Alfred Strauss
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Institute of Structural Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering and Natural Hazards, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 1190 Vienna, Austria
Interests: reliability; existing structures; nondestructive testing; monitoring; asset management; predictive models; nonlinear modeling techniques
Prof. Dr. Emilio Bastidas-Arteaga
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Guest Editor
Laboratory of Engineering Sciences for Environment, UMR CNRS 7356, La Rochelle University, 17042 La Rochelle, France
Interests: reliability; deterioration; climate change; maintenance; sustainability; reinforced concrete; corrosion; timber

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Management of critical infrastructures requires the assessment of its lifecycle performance attending to its performance both in regular service conditions, as well as when facing extreme events. Their post-event response is of extreme importance to the recovery of society itself, and thus, design toward resilience is a major concern for new infrastructures. However, managers deal with the question of how to promote resilience for already existing infrastructures based on current codes and management tools. Either due to climate changes or due to human interaction, extreme weather event frequency and intensity are presenting an increasing trend. These events may cause severe threats to the normal service and functioning of critical infrastructures, both at a local scale as well as at a network level.

In this Special Issue, we solicit high-quality original research articles focused on the state-of-the-art techniques and methods employed in the design, management, and assessment of critical infrastructures’ resilience concerning extreme weather events. We welcome both theoretical and application papers of high technical standard across various disciplines, thus facilitating an awareness of techniques and methods in one area that may be applicable to other areas. We seek high-quality submissions of original research articles as well as review articles on all aspects related to critical infrastructure management that has the potential for practical application.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Critical infrastructures related to transport, communication, electricity, water, and other supply and service infrastructures;
  • New design and assessment of existing structures toward resilience;
  • Quantification of extreme weather events influencing, directly and indirectly, the management of infrastructures;
  • Recent case studies and reported infrastructures failures (i.e., lessons learned);
  • Critical infrastructure safety and reliability and risk-informed decision making;
  • Advanced numerical analysis techniques and simulation;
  • Validations and verifications of the existing analysis techniques;
  • Monitoring, surveillance, and field measurement methods;
  • Advances in sustainable and resilient critical infrastructures;
  • Socioeconomic aspects related to service disruption of critical infrastructures; and
  • Good practices in planning and designing protective measures as well as crisis response and recovery capabilities.

Dr. José Campos e Matos
Dr. Hélder S. Sousa
Prof. Dr. Alfred Strauss
Prof. Emilio Bastidas-Arteaga
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Infrastructures is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • resilience
  • critical infrastructures
  • extreme events
  • reliability
  • safety

Published Papers

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