A comparative analysis of the relationship between flood experience and private flood mitigation behaviour in the regions of England

Barendrecht, Marlies H. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3825-0123, McCarthy, Simon ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0981-8584 and Viglione, Alberto ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7587-4832 (2021) A comparative analysis of the relationship between flood experience and private flood mitigation behaviour in the regions of England. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 14 (2) , e12700. pp. 1-12. ISSN 1753-318X [Article] (doi:10.1111/jfr3.12700)

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There has been a move towards a more integrated approach to flood risk management, which includes a stronger focus on property level measures. However, in England the uptake of these measures remains low. Flood experience has been found to influence preparedness (i.e. the uptake of measures), but even experience does not always result in an increase in preparedness. We investigate the variations in the relationship between experience and preparedness for the regions of England as defined by the Environment Agency. Analysis of survey data collected by the Environment Agency among the at risk population between 1997 to 2004 was undertaken to determine the differences between the seven regions. We find that in the South West, Southern and Anglian regions increases in preparedness with increasing experience are higher compared to other regions. In the Thames, Midlands and North West regions the preparedness increases less with increasing experience. We explore the influence of other factors influencing flood mitigation behaviour that have been previously found in the literature and find that the differences between regions are correlated with the severity of experienced flooding and whether English is the first language of the respondents.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Geography, Planning and Development, Environmental Engineering, Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality, Water Science and Technology
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 31807
Notes on copyright: © 2021 The Authors. Journal of Flood Risk Management published by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Depositing User: Simon Mccarthy
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2021 08:56
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2022 06:03
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/31807

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