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Challenges to implementing bottom-up flood risk decision analysis frameworks: how strong are social networks of flooding professionals?

Knighton, James O., Tsuda, Osamu, Elliott, Rebecca and Walter, M. Todd (2018) Challenges to implementing bottom-up flood risk decision analysis frameworks: how strong are social networks of flooding professionals? Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22 (11). pp. 5657-5673. ISSN 1027-5606

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Identification Number: 10.5194/hess-22-5657-2018

Abstract

Recent developments in bottom-up vulnerability-based decision analysis frameworks present promising opportunities for flood practitioners to simplify complex decisions regarding risk mitigation and climate adaptation. This family of methodologies relies on strong social networks among flood practitioners and the public to support careful definition of stakeholder-relevant thresholds and vulnerabilities to hazards. In parallel, flood researchers are directly considering distinct atmospheric mechanisms that induce flooding to readily incorporate information on future climate projections. We perform a case study of flood professionals actively engaged in flood risk mitigation within Tompkins County, New York, USA, a community dealing with moderate flooding, to gage how much variance exists among professionals from the perspective of establishing a bottom-up flood mitigation study from an atmospheric perspective. Results of this case study indicate disagreement among flooding professionals as to which socioeconomic losses constitute a flood, disagreement on anticipated community needs, weak understanding of climate–weather–flood linkages, and some disagreement on community perceptions of climate adaptation. In aggregate, the knowledge base of the Tompkins County flood practitioners provides a well-defined picture of community vulnerability and perceptions. Our research supports the growing evidence that collaborative interdisciplinary flood mitigation work could reduce risk, and potentially better support the implementation of emerging bottom-up decision analysis frameworks for flood mitigation and climate adaptation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.hydrology-and-earth-system-sciences.ne...
Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 10:32
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 05:50
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/90952

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