Risk communication in emergency response to a simulated extreme flood

McCarthy, Simon and Tunstall, Sylvia M. and Parker, Dennis J. and Faulkner, Hazel P. and Howe, Joe (2007) Risk communication in emergency response to a simulated extreme flood. Environmental Hazards., 7 (3). pp. 179-192.

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Abstract

Risk communication in flood incident management can be improved through developing hydrometeorological and engineering models used as tools for communicating risk between scientists and emergency management professionals. A range of such models and tools was evaluated by participating flood emergency managers during a 4-day, real-time simulation of an extreme event in the Thamesmead area in the Thames estuary close to London, England. Emergency managers have different communication needs and value new tools differently, but the indications are that a range of new tools could be beneficial in flood incident management. Provided they are communicated large model uncertainties are not necessarily unwelcome among flood emergency managers. Even so they are cautious about sharing the ownership of weather and flood modelling uncertainties.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Flooding; Risk communication; Forecasting; Warning; Inundation; Modelling; Emergency services; Local authorities; Ensembles; Uncertainty; Decision making; Breach; Simulation
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 19015
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Depositing User: Simon Mccarthy
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 10:43
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:38
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19015

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