How fringe cyclone experience affects predictions of damage severity

Scovell, Mitchell, McShane, Connar, Swinbourne, Anne, and Smith, Daniel (2021) How fringe cyclone experience affects predictions of damage severity. Disaster Prevention And Management, 30 (2). pp. 240-254.

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Purpose: This paper aims to understand how experience with the fringe effects of a cyclone influences perception of cyclone severity. Understanding how certain types of experience influences risk perception should help to clarify why there is an unclear link between experience and risk perception within the existing literature.

Design/methodology/approach: A total of 155 respondents with fringe cyclone experience were recruited to fill in a closed-ended question survey. The survey was designed to assess perceptions of a previous cyclone and future cyclone severity.

Findings: Most respondents who had experienced the fringe effects of a cyclone overestimated the wind speed in their location. Respondents who overestimated previous cyclone wind speed also predicted less damage from future Category 5 cyclones.

Research limitations/implications: This research indicates that overestimating the severity of past cyclones can have a detrimental effect on how people predict damage due to high category cyclones.

Practical implications: The findings suggest that people with fringe cyclone experience need additional information to help reshape their perceptions of cyclone severity.

Originality/value: This paper provides a unique perspective on the relationship between experience and risk perception by demonstrating that experience on the fringe of a cyclone has a negative influence on risk perception.

Item ID: 63378
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1758-6100
Keywords: Risk perception, Fringe experience, Cyclone
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2020 07:36
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 80%
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3399 Other built environment and design > 339999 Other built environment and design not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961010 Natural Hazards in Urban and Industrial Environments @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response @ 50%
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