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Hazards and vulnerability in modern societies – using the example of a large-scale outage in the electricity supply. Summary

Petermann, Thomas; Bradke, Harald; Lüllmann, Arne; Poetzsch, Maik; Riehm, Ulrich


In modern, highly technical societies based on the division of labour, the supply of the population with (vital) goods and services is carried out by a highly developed, closely interwoven network of "critical infrastructures". These include information technology and telecommunications, transport and traffic, energy supply and health care. These are highly vulnerable due to their internal complexity and great interdependence. Terrorist attacks, natural disasters or particularly serious accidents have not only in the past decade made it clear what far-reaching consequences the impairment or failure of critical infrastructures can have for the social system as a whole.
Due to the almost complete penetration of the living and working environment with electrically operated devices, the consequences of a prolonged and widespread power blackout would add up to a damage situation of special quality. All critical infrastructures would be affected, and a collapse of society as a whole could hardly be prevented. Despite this potential danger and catastrophe, society's risk awareness is only rudimentary.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000137664
Veröffentlicht am 22.10.2021
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht/Preprint
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 11.2010
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2364-2599
KITopen-ID: 1000137664
HGF-Programm 48.01.02 (POF II, LK 01) Wissensgesellschaft
Verlag Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB)
Umfang 26 S.
Serie TAB Working report ; 141
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Schlagwörter Electricity industry; Technology assessment; Emergency preparedness; Power blackout; Energy supply
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