Features of Resilience

Elizabeth Connelly, Craig Allen, Kirk Hatfield, Jose Palma-Oliveira, David Woods, Igor Linkov

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The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) definition of resilience is used here to organize common concepts and synthesize a set of key features of resilience that can be used across diverse application domains. The features in common include critical functions (services), thresholds, cross-scale (both space and time) interactions, and memory and adaptive management. We propose a framework for linking these features to the planning, absorbing, recovering, and adapting phases identified in the NAS definition. The proposed delineation of resilience can be important in understanding and communicating resilience concepts.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)46-50
Number of pages5
JournalEnvironment Systems and Decisions
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5400-68108


  • adaptation
  • climate change
  • policy
  • recovery
  • resilience
  • review
  • risk


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