Human built systems are increasingly under the strain of both natural and man-made stressors. This feasibility study explores whether we can learn from natural complex systems that have evolved under constant predation and environmental stress. The study will use multi-modal transport data, and explore the coupling between small-scale failures (e.g., accident leading to road closure) and large-scale effects (e.g., cascade effects lead to increased vulnerability to further failures).
The scientific innovation is that we draw lessons from resilient ecosystems, where a coupled organism-environment system co-evolves to minimize cascade failures, to inform the design of real-time traffic routing mechanisms and long-term transport infrastructure investment strategies.
Funded by EPSRC ENCORE+ (EP/N010019/1)