Communicating flood risks in a changing climate
Source: Climate Outreach
Author(s): Lydia Messling, Adam Corner, Jamie Clarke, Nick Pidgeon, Christina Demski, Stuart Capstick
There is a long history of academic interest in how individuals and communities in the UK have responded to floods and other extreme weather events. And there have been some practical responses to the challenges communities in flood-affected areas face (from the emergency plans of regional councils, to the resources of organisations like the Environment Agency). But in a changing climate, floods will happen more often, and will be more intense. As a result, a growing number of research studies and practical initiatives have focused on how members of the public engage with flooding in the context of climate change.
In response to this burgeoning field of expertise and knowledge, and as part of a project led by the Understanding Risk group at Cardiff University (supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, Climate Change Consortium for Wales and the Sustainable Places Research Institute), Climate Outreach convened a one day workshop in Oxford in June 2015. The workshop brought together researchers and practitioners from academia, civil society and the policy arena, with expertise from across the natural and social sciences. The purpose of the workshop was to share and synthesise knowledge. How can individuals and communities be more effectively engaged around flood risks in a changing climate?
This synthesis report is the outcome of the Oxford workshop, showcasing the latest and most relevant academic research, and drawing on valuable learning from a range of practical projects and initiatives. It reflects the key points of consensus from the workshop, representing a powerful statement from a diverse cross-section of experts. It is a resource for practitioners – from those working with communities directly affected by flooding, to campaigners and policy-makers at the national level – to use when engaging the public around flooding and wider climate impacts.
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