A game theoretical approach to emergency logistics planning in natural disasters

Ergun S., Usta P., ALPARSLAN GÖK S. Z., Weber G. W.

ANNALS OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH, vol.324, no.1-2, pp.855-868, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 324 Issue: 1-2
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10479-021-04099-9
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ABI/INFORM, Applied Science & Technology Source, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Computer & Applied Sciences, INSPEC, Public Affairs Index, zbMATH, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.855-868
  • Keywords: Cooperative game theory, Core, Flow problem, Logistic network, Nucleolus, Shapley value, Supply chain management, Tau value
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


Nowadays, logistics is one of the most important tools in disaster relief operations. The logistic planning is essential and a key component in covering the initial needs in the immediate aftermath of any disaster. Planning is both necessary and practical, as it is generally possible to predict the types of disasters that should affect a given location and the needs that such disasters will be likely to cause. Transport planning, reception and distribution of emergency supplies, type and quantity of the resources, the way of procurement and storage of the supplies, the tools of the tracking and means transportation to the stricken area, the specialization of teams participating in the operation and plan of cooperation between these teams, are some vital life-saving coordination roles after natural disasters are connected directly to logistic planning. Turkey is located in one of the most active earthquake and volcanic regions which causes to many major earthquake-prone, in the world with a majority of the population living in these earthquake-prone areas. Earthquakes are one of the major disasters that require emergency logistic planning strategies due to their devastating effects, the large-scale natural disasters could cause major problem on commodities such as food, medicine etc. In this paper, a game theoretical model for emergency logistic planning is developed. To do this a cooperative game model is constructed from a flow problem which occurred after an earthquake in Istanbul. Several solution concepts for maximizing the transferred commodity are given. The paper ends with a conclusion and outlook to future studies.