Document / Publication

  • Do more with your content!Discover PreventionWeb Services
  • Measuring flood resilience: the Zurich Flood Resilience Measurement Tool

    Email sent!

    An email has been sent to the email addresses provided, with a link to this content.

    Thank you for sharing!


Measuring flood resilience: the Zurich Flood Resilience Measurement Tool

Source(s):  International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Practical Action
Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center (Risk Center)
Zurich Insurance Group Limited

This policy brief describes the Zurich Flood Resilience Measurement Tool, an innovation in community flood resilience theory and practice. Large-scale application in over 70 communities worldwide, with consistent measuring of pre-event characteristics and post-event outcomes, is generating novel empirical evidence about what really makes a community resilient to floods. The brief highlights the importance of measuring community flood resilience to inform future planning and interventions, and to demonstrate the impact of resilience-enhancing initiatives.

Key recommendations

  • Measuring resilience is critical to demonstrate the impact of resilience-enhancing initiatives, but few measurement frameworks exist and hardly any have been validated in the field.
  • Measurement frameworks need to examine both sources of resilience and outcomes, and consistent measuring over time and over different communities will generate empirical evidence for which sources really make a difference for outcomes across different contexts.
  • A new tool for measuring community flood resilience has been developed based on a systems approach, incorporating measures of robustness, redundancy, resourcefulness and rapidity across a community’s stock of human, social, physical, financial and natural capital.

Also available in Spanish: Medir la resiliencia comunitaria frente a inundaciones: la herramienta del Programa Zurich

Add this content to your collection!

Enter an existing tag to add this content to one or more of your current collections. To start a new collection, enter a new tag below.

See My collections to name and share your collection
Back to search results to find more content to tag

Log in to add your tags
  • Measuring flood resilience: the Zurich Flood Resilience Measurement Tool
  • Publication date 2017
  • Number of pages 2 p.

Please note:Content is displayed as last posted by a PreventionWeb community member or editor. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of UNDRR PreventionWeb, or its sponsors. See our terms of use

CONTRIBUTED BY: A PreventionWeb user