A survey of strategies for communication networks to protect against large-scale natural disasters

Teresa Gomes, János Tapolcai, Christian Esposito, David Hutchison, Fernando Kuipers, Jacek Rak, Amaro de Sousa, Athanasios Iossifides, Rui Travanca, João André, More Authors

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Recent natural disasters have revealed that emergency networks presently cannot disseminate the necessary disaster information, making it difficult to deploy and coordinate relief operations. These disasters have reinforced the knowledge that telecommunication networks constitute a critical infrastructure of our society, and the urgency in establishing protection mechanisms against disaster-based disruptions. Hence, it is important to have emergency networks able to maintain sustainable communication in disaster areas. Moreover, the network architecture should be designed so that network connectivity is maintained among nodes outside of the impacted area, while ensuring that services for costumers not in the affected area suffer minimal impact. As a first step towards achieving disaster resilience, the RECODIS project was formed, and its Working Group 1 members conducted a comprehensive literature survey on “strategies for communication networks to protect against large-scale natural disasters,” which is summarized in this article.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 8th International Workshop on Resilient Networks Design and Modeling (RNDM)
EditorsM. Jonsson, J. Rak, A. Somani, D. Papadimitriou, A. Vinel
Place of PublicationHalmstad, Sweden
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-9023-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-9024-8
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2016
EventResilient Networks Design and Modeling RDNM 2016: 8th International Workshop - Halmstad, Sweden
Duration: 13 Sep 201615 Sep 2016


ConferenceResilient Networks Design and Modeling RDNM 2016
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  • vulnerability
  • end-to-end resilience
  • Natural disasters
  • disaster-based disruptions


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