This Title All WIREs
How to cite this WIREs title:
WIREs Water
Impact Factor: 4.451

Implementation of property‐level flood risk adaptation (PLFRA) measures: Choices and decisions

Full article on Wiley Online Library:   HTML PDF

Can't access this content? Tell your librarian.

Abstract Hydrometeorological events are highly costly and have strong impacts on the human‐environment system. Effective response requires effective risk management concepts and strategies at individual and watershed level to increase community resilience. Focusing on flood risk and the information associated with it, individual risk behavior in the shape of implementing property‐level flood risk adaptation (PLFRA) measures is often overlooked. For this research, a comprehensive overview of possible PLFRA measures for homeowners in flood risk areas was made, as well as the possible costs and technical feasibility for new and existing buildings. To complement this, insights into risk mitigation behavior are essential due to the ongoing shift to risk‐based and individualized flood risk management, which require a contribution from flood‐prone households to risk reduction. Results show that PLFRA measures differentiate in their effectiveness, cost‐efficiency and technical feasibility, and full protection can never be guaranteed. Considering risk mitigation behavior, literature generally distinguishes between situational factors (such as communication and economic subsidies) and personal factors (such as personal and psychological components influencing individual behavior). This article is categorized under: Engineering Water > Planning Water Science of Water > Water Extremes
Newly built and elevated part of a single‐family home in Steyr, Austria, which is prone to fluvial floods
[ Normal View | Magnified View ]
Sandbags used as temporary emergency measures (Source: Austrian Armed Forces, 2005)
[ Normal View | Magnified View ]
Semipermanent door guard in Venice, Italy. Several houses in Venice have installed door guards as this example against high tides. These are installed before flood water rise and are often seen to be implemented when homeowners are not at home
[ Normal View | Magnified View ]
Semipermanent window protection system in Neuburg an der Donau, Germany. Temporary elements (stop logs made of aluminum) will be implemented when warning of an upcoming flood in the Danube River is issued
[ Normal View | Magnified View ]
Semiautomatic flood proof basement window in Graz, Austria. Once water levels rise in the basement shaft, the mechanism of the float will trigger the window to close. It is then opened manually again
[ Normal View | Magnified View ]

Browse by Topic

Engineering Water > Planning Water

Access to this WIREs title is by subscription only.

Recommend to Your
Librarian Now!

The latest WIREs articles in your inbox

Sign Up for Article Alerts