Societal transformation and adaptation necessary to manage dynamics in flood hazard and risk mitigation
Losses from extreme hydrological events have focused the attention of policymakers how to response to increasing natural hazard risks. Citizens and local communities are setting up initiatives for natural hazard risk management that may complement existing top-down initiatives by national governments. A major challenge is to represent the complexity of coupled human-environmental systems and particularly the feedback loops between environmental dynamics and human decision-making processes on different scales. The project analysed local initiatives to natural hazard risk management which are different from the mainstream.
Significant evidence suggests that current adaptation efforts are incommensuratewith the scale and rate at which climate change is occurring
To effectively respond to increasing climate change risks, large-scale transformative adaptation is being proposed.TRANS-ADAPT examines the opportunities/challenges associated with transformative adaptation in the context of natural hazards risk management using empirical examples from across Europe.
Sven Fuchs is a senior researcher at the Institute of Mountain Risk Engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria. His research interests include mountain hazard risk management, the study of coupled human–environment systems, and the question of social justice and vulnerabilities for natural hazards. His research has taken him to the mountain regions of Europe, Southeast Asia, Central Africa, and the Russian Federation.
Maynooth University, Ireland, is responsible for the Irish case studies. University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, is in charge of the Dutch case studies. CITERES Laboratory, François-Rabelais University Tours, France, Maison des Sciences del’Homme (MSH) Val de Loire are responsible for the French case studies.
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