Utilizing post‐disaster surveys to understand the social context of floods–experiences from Northern Australia

King, David, and Gurtner, Yetta (2017) Utilizing post‐disaster surveys to understand the social context of floods–experiences from Northern Australia. In: Molinari, Daniela, Menoni, Scira, and Ballio, Francesco, (eds.) Flood Damage Survey and Assessment: new insights from research and practice. Geophysical Monograph, 228 . AGU Wiley, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 107-120.

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Abstract

Floods are an integral part of the Australian landscape and psyche. They destroy and refresh. People have long acknowledged their inevitability and their role, but increasingly urban populations are less accepting of loss, while at the same time urban development has increased vulnerability. Analysis of the impacts of floods in regional and metropolitan Australia reveals patterns of vulnerability countered by resilience, mitigation, and adaptation to the possibility of increasing threats of flood induced by climate change. Issues include relocation and abandonment of flood hazardous places. Local government and public administration authorities benefit directly from research following floods because it deals directly with vulnerability, enhancement of resilience, land use planning, and mapping within a broader policy context of flood mitigation. Valuable data and insights into community behavior and experiences during and following disastrous floods have been derived from post‐disaster studies that were carried out in flooded communities. The contributions of this type of research to post‐disaster research methodology and to disaster risk reduction policies and strategies are illustrated, and methods are examined.

Item ID: 49543
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-119-21792-3
Keywords: post-disaster surveys, flood assessments, community vulnerability and resilience, Northern Australia hazards
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2017 23:30
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040604 Natural Hazards @ 10%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0599 Other Environmental Sciences > 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified @ 60%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961010 Natural Hazards in Urban and Industrial Environments @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences @ 50%
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