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Understanding Flood Risk Perception: A Case Study from Canada.

Oubennaceur, Khalid, Chokmani, Karem ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0018-0761, Lessard, Florence, Gauthier, Yves, Baltazar, Catherine et Toussaint, Jean-Patrick (2022). Understanding Flood Risk Perception: A Case Study from Canada. Sustainability , vol. 14 , nº 5. p. 3087. DOI: 10.3390/su14053087.

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In recent years, understanding and improving the perception of flood risk has become an important aspect of flood risk management and flood risk reduction policies. The aim of this study was to explore perceptions of flood risk in the Petite Nation River watershed, located in southern Quebec, Canada. A survey was conducted with 130 residents living on a floodplain in this river watershed, which had been affected by floods in the spring of 2017. Participants were asked about different aspects related to flood risk, such as the flood hazard experience, the physical changes occurring in the environment, climate change, information accessibility, flood risk governance, adaptation measures, and finally the perception of losses. An analysis of these factors provided perspectives for improving flood risk communication and increasing the public awareness of flood risk. The results indicated that the analyzed aspects are potentially important in terms of risk perception and showed that the flood risk perceptions varied for each aspect analyzed. In general, the information regarding flood risk management is available and generally understandable, and the level of confidence was good towards most authorities. However, the experiences of flood risk and the consequences of climate change on floods were not clear among the respondents. Regarding the adaptation measures, the majority of participants tended to consider non-structural adaptation measures as being more relevant than structural ones. Moreover, the long-term consequences of flooding on property values are of highest concern. These results provide a snapshot of citizens’ risk perceptions and their opinions on topics that are directly related to such risks.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: perception of flood risk; flood risk management; survey; floodplain; information accessibility; governance; climate change; adaptation measures; flood risk communication
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 23 juin 2022 15:01
Dernière modification: 23 juin 2022 15:01
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/12664

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