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Spatial and holistic assessment of social, economic, and environmental vulnerability to floods - lessons from the Salzach River Basin, Austria

Kienberger, Stefan, Contreras, Diana and Zeil, Peter 2014. Spatial and holistic assessment of social, economic, and environmental vulnerability to floods - lessons from the Salzach River Basin, Austria. In: Birkmann, Jörn, Keinberger, Stefan and Alexander, David E. eds. Assessment of Vulnerability to Natural Hazards: A European Perspective, Elsevier, pp. 53-73. (10.1016/B978-0-12-410528-7.00003-5)

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Abstract

The Salzach case study in Austria applied the MOVE risk and vulnerability framework in the context of flood hazards at the catchment scale level for the social, economic and environmental dimensions. The Salzach catchment is very heterogeneous and characterized through its alpine upstream area and highly dynamic river valleys with the city of Salzburg in the downstream area. Recent severe floods have occurred in 2002, 2005 and 2013 affecting large parts of the river catchment. The methodology applied aims to identify spatial-explicit homogenous regions of vulnerability for the different target dimensions. This builds on approaches such as multi-criteria assessment and the identification of expert weights for the various indicators and goes one step further by including novel methods of regionalization linked to the concept of ‘integrated geons’. The results allow the identification of spatially-explicit regions with different levels of vulnerability (‘hot spots’) independent from administrative boundaries. Furthermore, the results provide decision makers with place-specific options for targeting disaster risk reduction interventions that aim to reduce vulnerability and ultimately the risk of impacts from floods.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Ocean Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780124105287
Funders: Seventh Framework Programme (Grant agreement ID: 211590).
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 July 2021
Date of Acceptance: 31 December 2014
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2021 13:18
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/142999

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