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Explaining communities' adaptation strategies for coastal flood risk: Vulnerability and institutional factors

Source(s):  Journal of Flood Risk Management (Wiley)

This article inquires into what types of tools local governments tend to adopt for managing coastal flood risk and the factors that may be influencing these choices; in particular, factors related to hazard vulnerability and institutional capacity. Focusing on 40 diverse coastal communities in a study region in Canada, the study utilised data from the communities' Official Community Plans to characterise their approaches to managing coastal flood risk in terms of land use regulations, construction specifications, and/or structural flood protection tools.

The data revealed considerable diversity in the portfolio of tools that the communities have adopted. Tool adoption was found to correlate strongly with hazard vulnerability; that is, communities with similar physical and socio‐economic vulnerability conditions tended to take similar adaptation actions. For example, established communities with highly urbanised coastlines tended to rely on structural flood protection while suburban communities with semi‐developed coastlines predominantly utilised land use regulations.



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  • Explaining communities' adaptation strategies for coastal flood risk: Vulnerability and institutional factors
  • Publication date 2020
  • Author(s) Chang, Stephanie E.; Yip, Jackie Z. K.; Conger, Tugce et al.
  • Number of pages 13 p.
  • ISBN/ISSN 10.1111/jfr3.12646 (DOI)

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