Advanced Disaster, Emergency, and Rapid Response Simulation


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program

Project time

September 2015 - September 2021

Principal investigators

Slobodan P. Simonovic, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Western University
Jimmy Xiangji Huang, Professor, School of Information Technology, York University & others

Project team

Slobodan P. Simonovic, Professor, contact person, email
Nirupama, Professor, York University
Sarah Irwin, Research Assistant
Andre Schardong, Post Doctoral Fellow

Project description

Prior to the December 2013 Ontario ice storm, Canada was already highlighted on the world catastrophic insured losses map of Munich Re. (the world's largest reinsurance company) for its more than $3 billion of catastrophic losses caused by the July 2013 floods in Calgary and the flash flood in the Greater Toronto Area. These events have once again challenged disaster and emergency management (DEM) systems in Canada and highlighted the need for coordinated and centralized transferable research in disaster and emergency management. It is clear that long term solutions to these challenges must be based upon a body of knowledge that can accurately model and simulate shifting risks patterns, human and social behaviour, institutional preparedness capacities, and response functions in disaster scenarios where resources, information, and communication may be limited or disrupted. The proposed Advanced Disaster, Emergency, and Rapid Response Simulation (ADERSIM) program aims to prepare Canada to successfully tackle these challenges by strengthening Canada's DEM knowledge base and translating DEM knowledge to public safety and emergency management applications. With clear strategic objectives, a coordinated multi-disciplinary approach, and strong collaborations between researchers, industrial partners, and government agencies, ADERSIM will inform, validate, and refine theory, policy, and practice related to DEM.

Project Publications

Irwin, S., A. Schardong, S.P. Simonovic, and N. Nirupama, (2016) “ResilSIM - A Decision Support Tool for Estimating Resilience of Urban Systems”, Water – special issue Hydroinformatics and Urban Water Systems, 8(377):1-25.

Project Papers


Project Reports

Sarah Irwin, Slobodan P. Simonovic and Niru Nirupama (2016). Introduction to ResilSIM: A Decision Support Tool for Estimating Disaster Resilience to Hydro-Meteorological Events. Water Resources Research Report no. 094, Facility for Intelligent Decision Support, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, London, Ontario, Canada, 66 pages. ISBN: (print) 978-0-7714-3115-9; (online) 978-0-7714-3116-6.

Project Presentations

ResilSIM: Resilience Simulator Tool. Project Meeting Presentation. Presented by Sarah Irwin, November 3, 2016, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.