Resilience Toolbox

Resilience tools can be useful for a wide range of practitioners but it can be hard to find the right tool for the job. We have assessed a wide range of tools, which are listed below, mapped by the resilience value they add at different stages of the infrastructure lifecycle. Use the filters to break down the results by sector and user type.

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35 items

UCRA

The Urban Community Resilience Assessment

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UCRA  

The Urban Community Resilience Assessment

The Urban Community Resilience Assessment (UCRA) helps cities incorporate individual and community capacities—social cohesion, familiarity with local climate risks, early warning systems and disaster readiness—into broader urban resilience evaluations. By analysing these local capabilities, the UCRA provides a snapshot of preparedness behaviours, risk perception and the strength of neighbourhood relationships. These findings enable individuals to identify context-specific adaptation actions and allow policymakers to engage community members in urban resilience planning.

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Type – Open source/Online knowledge

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Sector-specific? Yes

SmartScan

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SmartScan  

The SuRe SmartScan contributes to action items addressing two challenges (Capital Investment Planning Poor, and/or Non Climate-Smart, Local Development Planning Poor, including Resilience) of the City Creditworthiness Self-Assessment & Action Planning Toolkit of the World Bank.

Increase your infrastructure project’s attractiveness to investors in only a few steps. The GIB SmartScan allows you to assess your projects based on its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues and helps to efficiently flag risks and opportunities for improvements of your project. This process helps you to identify and therefore eliminate risks and to improve the ESG aspects of the assessed project, which is increasingly a mandatory consideration for investors in their investment decisions.

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Type – Commercial off-shelf

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Key aims Risk

Sector-specific? Yes

PCVA

Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Analysis

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PCVA  

Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Analysis

Oxfam’s participatory capacity and vulnerability analysis (PCVA) tool is a risk analysis process designed to help staff and partner organisations engage with communities in contexts where natural disasters are significant drivers of poverty and suffering. PCVA has its roots in two proven social development methodologies. First, it stems from capacity and vulnerability analysis (CVA) methodology. This has long enabled development and humanitarian aid workers to design programmes based on a community’s capacities as well as its vulnerabilities. It recognises that vulnerable people have capacities to cope with adversity and can take steps to improve their lives, however difficult their situation may be. Second, it is rooted in the belief that enabling communities to genuinely participate in programme design, planning, and management leads to increased ownership, accountability and impact, and is the best way to bring about change. PCVA draws on a wide range of participatory learning and action (PLA) techniques and tools that are designed to channel participants’ ideas and efforts into a structured process of analysis, learning, and action planning, with the overall aim of reducing a community’s disaster risk.

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Type – Practitioner's guide available on website

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Oxfam

CRIDA

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis


Decision makers, planners, engineers

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CRIDA  

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis

CRIDA provides stepwise planning guidance for water resources planners, managers, and engineers to implement robust water management as promoted by the AGWA network — particularly for water managers working in the developing world. CRIDA will initially launch as a publication, and support a community of practice to rapidly scale up implementation.

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Decision makers, planners, engineers

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Type – An approach set out in a book

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Sector-specific? Yes

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AGWA

Simulating Critical Infrastructures

Infrastructure operators

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Simulating Critical Infrastructures  

This simulation software allows you to calculate the cascade effects using various impact indicators, from number of people affected to projected costs. A variety of techniques are used to visualize the scenarios, including standard reports, 2D and 3D interfaces and full-blown virtual reality representations. To create the future you want, this tool helps you see the future you want to avoid.

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Infrastructure operators

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Type – Request Demo

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Sector-specific? Yes

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SIM-CI

Resilience Garage



Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc.

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Resilience Garage  

The Resilience Garage assembles a group of 20-25 experts from across sectors and disciplines with the aim to peer review and to identify opportunities to better understand or solve challenging problems. This is done through either specific resilient projects (projects that have multiple benefits and address multiple issues) or by developing key focus areas for further consideration. It is practical – aiming for concrete recommendations – as well as fundamental – rigorously applying a rich resilience toolset. It applies the learning and tools developed following a two-year collaboration that explored how to make resilience more actionable.

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Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc.

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Type – Open source

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Region

Sector-specific? Yes

PREP

The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness data tool

Decision makers

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PREP  

The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness data tool

PREPdata is a map-based, open data online platform that allows users to access and visualize spatial data reflecting the past and future climate, as well as the physical and socioeconomic landscape for climate adaptation and resilience planning. The platform is continuing to evolve through the input of PREP partners and PREPdata users. It is a flexible tool for climate adaptation planning, designed to address many of the gaps and challenges adaptation practitioners face.

Distinguishing elements of PREPdata:

  • A visual, map-based platform that is user-friendly and customized to different contexts and skill levels;
  • Active curation of datasets focused on climate resilience, streamlining the process of accessing and navigating to relevant data;
  • A commitment to global coverage, with an emphasis on increasing access to datasets for the Global South, and support for applications across different scales and geographies; and
  • A user-needs based strategy for platform development, utilizing the knowledge and network of the partners and platform users to enable continuous improvement.

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Decision makers

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Key aims Open source/online software

Sector-specific? Yes

ICLEI ACCCRN

ICLEI ACCCRN Process Workbook

Local government

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ICLEI ACCCRN  

ICLEI ACCCRN Process Workbook

The ICLEI ACCCRN Process (IAP) enables local governments to assess their climate risks in the context of urbanisation, poverty and vulnerability and formulate corresponding resilience strategies. The ICLEI ACCCRN Process has been designed in a step-by-step format, divided into 6 phases. Phases 5 and 6 that guide cities in the implementation and monitoring phases will be included in the following edition of the IAP toolkit. The process is also designed to be a continuous cycle of review and refinement, rather than a closed cycle.

The phases are:

  1. Phase 1 of the process will provide all the tools and activities needed to start work with the city. The tools help local governments gain the necessary political and administrative support, establish a climate core team, involve local stakeholders, appropriately share relevant information through a tailored communications plan, and conduct an initial assessment of the city’s progress towards dealing with climate change.
  2. In Phase 2 the main impacts of climate change faced by the city are identified through shared learning dialogues and interactions with the climate core team. The fragile urban systems facing climate threats are also identified and prioritised according to their risk status.
  3. Phase 3 will assist the city government in producing climate vulnerability hotspot maps, in identifying the vulnerable social groups, and in analysing their adaptive capacities as well as those of the impacted urban systems.
  4. In Phase 4, city governments will use the information and analysis from the previous Phases to develop a list of potential resilience building interventions. The tools in this phase help screen and prioritise these interventions, link them to existing city plans, and compile all the information into a City Resilience Strategy.

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Local government

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Type – Open source/Online knowledge

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Sector-specific? Yes

CRPT

City Resilience Profiling Tool

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CRPT  

City Resilience Profiling Tool

The City Resilience Profiling Tool (CRPT) is a self-assessment tool primarily addressed to municipal leaders, managers, urban planners, and other personnel with a responsibility for ensuring the safety, maintenance, and security of all aspects and functions of an urban area, including critical infrastructure and services, health facilities, transport and telecommunications networks, sanitation, water, etc.

The City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP) designs this tool for generating metrics for urban resilience in order to establish baselines (or ‘profiles’) upon which to integrate resilience based inputs to sustainable urban planning, development, and management processes in cities and other human settlements throughout the world. The main goal of the CRPP is to support local governments and their stakeholders by transforming urban areas into safer and better places to live in, and improve their capacity to absorb and rebound quickly from any and all potential shocks or stresses.

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Type – An approach set out in a book

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
UN Habitat

QRE

Quick Risk Estimation tool

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QRE  

Quick Risk Estimation tool

The Quick Risk Estimation tool is designed for the purposes of identifying and understanding current and future risk/ stress/ shocks and exposure threats to both human and physical assets. The QRE tool is not a full scale risk assessment, rather a multi-stakeholder engagement process to establish a common understanding. Taking into account the actions or corrective measures already undertaken, the QRE will produce a dashboard-style risk assessment advising the risks and hazard to human and physical assets, impacts of identified main risk and associated perils on the specified location and/or particular assets.

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Type – Open Source

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Key aims Risk (not really, it is a tool for mutli-stakeholder engagemnet process to establish a common understanding)

Sector-specific? Yes

WEDG

Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines



Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc.

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WEDG  

Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines

WEDG employs an evidence-based approach, focusing on three key pillars of excellent waterfront design:

  1. Resilience: Reduce risks or be adaptable to the effects of sea level rise and increased coastal flooding, through setbacks, structural protection, and other integrative landscaping measures.
  2. Ecology: Protect existing aquatic habitats and use designs, materials, and shoreline configurations to improve the ecological function of the coastal zone, and strive to be consistent with regional ecological goals.
  3. Access: Be equitable and informed by the community, enhancing public access, supporting a diversity of uses, from maritime, recreation, and commerce where appropriate, thereby maximizing the diversity of the harbour and waterfront.
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Infrastructure owners, designers, community groups, environmental organisations, constructors, regulators, policy makers, etc.

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Type – Free to download

Region

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Waterfront Alliance

Reliability Workbench

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Reliability Workbench  

Reliability Workbench is Isograph’’s flagship suite of reliability, safety and maintainability software. You can use Reliability Workbench to display which maintenance or design changes will improve system reliability, predict the reliability of systems and create maintenance plans accordingly. The custom built report designer allows you to create reports with any amount of detail, high level right down to component specific information. Add a whole new level of detail to your system reliability presentations. The Enterprise edition of Reliability Workbench allows collaboration between colleagues on projects. Limit access to projects and folders to appropriate users and allow managers to approve or reject changes to projects with version control.

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Type – Free to download

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Sector-specific? Yes

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Isograph

AdaptInfrastructure


Decision makers, planners and engineers

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AdaptInfrastructure  

AdaptInfrastructure is the home of adaptation analysis. Here you get to drive the analysis according to different scenario settings you need. Test the effectiveness of adaptation options – from building with different materials, raising floor levels in a flood zone or increasing the design specifications in a wind zone.

Features are:

  • Specify your inputs to refine your analysis
  • Specify the time you want to apply each action, how much it will cost and which assets will be adapted
  • Trial adaptation options to reduce the risk to your assets
  • Compare the performance of adaptation pathways in terms of customers, cashflow, net present value and other KPIs
  • Combine adaptation options to develop an optimal adaptation pathway

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Key aims Risk and resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

UrbanSim

UrbanSim Modelling Methodology

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UrbanSim  

UrbanSim Modelling Methodology

UrbanSim leverages state-of-the-art urban simulation, 3D visualization, and shared open data to empower users to explore, gain insights into, and develop and evaluate alternative plans to improve their communities. UrbanSim is a simulation platform for supporting planning and analysis of urban development, incorporating the interactions between land use, transportation, the economy, and the environment.

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Type – Off-shelf

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
UrbanSim Inc.

SimCenter

Computational Modeling and Simulation Center

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SimCenter  

Computational Modeling and Simulation Center

The Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter) provides next-generation computational modeling and simulation software tools, user support, and educational materials to the natural hazards engineering research community with the goal of advancing the nation’s capability to simulate the impact of natural hazards on structures, lifelines, and communities. In addition, the Center will enable leaders to make more informed decisions about the need for and effectiveness of potential mitigation strategies.

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OpenSees

The Open System for Earthquake Engineering Simulation

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OpenSees  

The Open System for Earthquake Engineering Simulation

A centerpiece of PEER’s program is new research on simulation models and computational methods to assess the performance of structural and geotechnical systems. Breaking the barriers of traditional methods and software development protocols, PEER has embarked on a completely new approach in the earthquake engineering community by developing an open-source, object-oriented software framework. OpenSees is a collection of modules to facilitate the implementation of models and simulation procedures for structural and geotechnical earthquake engineering. By shared development using well-designed software interfaces, the open-source approach has affected collaboration among a substantial community of developers and users within and outside of PEER. Unique among software for earthquake engineering, OpenSees allows integration of models of structures and soils to investigate challenging problems in soil-structure-foundation interaction. In addition to improved models for reinforced concrete structures, shallow and deep foundations, and liquefiable soils, OpenSees is designed to take advantage of the latest developments in databases, reliability methods, scientific visualization, and high-end computing.

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Type – Open source

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Key aims Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

CB-Cities

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CB-Cities  

Berkeley group is actively developing such a large-scale and high-fidelity traffic simulation model for several big cities around the world. It builds upon the concept of Agent Based Modelling (ABM), where individual citizens are represented by intelligent agents. An agent is capable of navigating in a graph representation of the city’s road network along an optimum path, while maintaining interactions with other agents and dynamically re-planning the route in response to traffic congestion or road closures. The model can accommodate millions of agents and run simulations as in real time.

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CWRA

City Water Resilience Approach




Primarily government, owners and operators, but all stakeholders potentially

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CWRA  

City Water Resilience Approach

The City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA) responds to a demand for innovative approaches and tools that help cities build water resilience at the urban scale. The CWRA was developed to help cities grow their capacity to provide high quality water resources for all residents, to protect them from water-related hazards, and to connect them through water-based transportation networks (“provide, protect, connect”).

The approach is the result of fieldwork and desk research, collaborative partnerships with subject matter experts, and direct engagement with city partners. Based on this research, the CWRA outlines a process for developing urban water resilience, and provides a suite of tools to help cities grow their capacity to survive and thrive in the face of water-related shocks and stresses. The approach details five steps to guide cities through initial stakeholder engagement and baseline assessment, through action planning, implementation and monitoring of new initiatives that build water resilience.

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Primarily government, owners and operators, but all stakeholders potentially

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Surging Seas

Sea Level Rise and Extreme Sea Level Analysis Service

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Surging Seas  

Sea Level Rise and Extreme Sea Level Analysis Service

This app exposes information from global climate models combined with datasets on vertical land movement on a local level, and shows this with local population density information (which clearly shows the extend of coastal cities), offering opportunities for data presentation previously unavailable to a wider audience.

The extreme sea levels analysis tool includes the latest historical storm surge data for the globe, high tide events, and sea levels changes caused by lower atmospheric pressure and severe winds during storms in climate scenarios.

Aside from the SLR tool, there are other similar tools as part of the same tool developer that analyse other indicators such as climate change scenarios and baseline data generation, drought monitoring, heat index, etc.

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Type – Open Source

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
Climate Central