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Modelling and simulation for critical infrastructure interdependency assessment: a meta-review for model characterisation

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Based on 12 scientific references reviewing the literature on modelling and simulation (M&S) for critical infrastructure interdependency (CII) assessment, this meta-review identifies means to characterise CII M&S models. The reviews are analysed with the aim of identifying and formalising the elements of description used by the authors. CII M&S model classification, criteria of description and best approaches, are the main outcomes generally provided by these reviews. However, these three elements vary amongst the reviews. This paper presents a template in order to describe and analyse CII M&S models in a consistent and standardised manner. It suggests a list of 11 categories of criteria and 25 sub-criteria for characterising a CII M&S model. An example illustrates that the grid is easily applicable and helps making a CII M&S model quickly understandable.

Keywords: critical infrastructures, interdependency assessment, cascading failure, model characterisation, modelling, simulation, description criteria

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