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A Methodological Overview of Network Vulnerability Analysis

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  • ALAN T. MURRAY
  • TIMOTHY C. MATISZIW
  • TONY H. GRUBESIC

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Evaluating network infrastructures for potential vulnerabilities is an important component of strategic planning, particularly in the context of managing and mitigating service disruptions. Many methods have been proposed to facilitate such analysis, providing different interpretations of infrastructure vulnerability. The primary approaches that have been employed for network vulnerability analysis can be broadly classified as "scenario-specific", "strategy-specific", "simulation", and "mathematical modeling" methodologies. Research on network vulnerability assessment has traditionally focused on one of these methodologies without consideration of the others. This article highlights the important implications of methodology for both infrastructure planning and policy development. To better understand the theoretical and practical trade-offs associated with methodology selection, this article provides a review of these categories of analysis, examining benefits and shortcomings with regard to practical planning issues and policy interpretation. Copyright (c) 2008 Copyright the Authors. Journal compilation (c) 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc..

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Article provided by Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky in its journal Growth and Change.

Volume (Year): 39 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 573-592

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  1. Jenelius, Erik & Mattsson, Lars-Göran, 2012. "Road network vulnerability analysis of area-covering disruptions: A grid-based approach with case study," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 46(5), pages 746-760.
  2. Rolf Nyberg & Magnus Johansson, 2013. "Indicators of road network vulnerability to storm-felled trees," Natural Hazards, International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 69(1), pages 185-199, October.
  3. Reggiani, Aura, 2013. "Network resilience for transport security: Some methodological considerations," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 63-68.

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