Adaptation to coastal flooding on household level: to what extent is it determined by nationality?

Koerth, J.; Jones, N.; Vafeidis, A. T.; Koukoulas, S. and Dimitrakopoulos, P. G. (2012). Adaptation to coastal flooding on household level: to what extent is it determined by nationality? In: 2nd Nordic International Conference, Climate Change adaptation. Research meets decision-making, 29-31 Aug 2012, Helsinki, Finland.

Abstract

Household-level adaptation in coastal areas can effectively contribute to enhanced resilience to increased flood frequency and intensity due to sea-level rise. Nationality or characteristics of individuals may however influence coastal dwellers’ decisions on whether to adapt and to what extent. This study explores proactive adaptation of coastal dwellers to future changes in coastal flooding. Surveys using quantitative questionnaires were conducted in coastal areas with similar exposure in Greece and Denmark. Adaptation was assessed by a list of 21 single measures, which are feasible in both countries. Individual variables such as personal experience, fear and reliance in public protection were investigated. Results show that adaptation depends both on the nationality and on the characteristics of individuals.

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