Exploring changes in hydrogeological risk awareness and preparedness over time: a case study in northeastern Italy
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Hydrogeological hazards are increasingly causing damage worldwide due to climatic and socio-economic changes. Building resilient communities is crucial to reduce potential losses. To this end, one of the first steps is to understand how people perceive potential threats around them. This study aims at exploring how risk awareness of, and preparedness to, face hydrological hazards changes over time. A cohort study was carried out in two villages in the northeastern Italian Alps, Romagnano and Vermiglio, affected by debris flows in 2000 and 2002. Surveys were conducted in 2005 and 2018, and the results compared. The survey data show that both awareness and preparedness decreased over time. We attribute this change to the fact that no event had occurred in a long time and to a lack of proper risk communication strategies. The outcomes of this study contribute to socio-hydrological modelling by providing empirical data on human behaviour dynamics. Show more
Journal / seriesHydrological sciences journal
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PublisherTaylor & Francis
SubjectSocio-hydrology; Risk awareness; Risk preparedness; Debris flow; Longitudinal data; Hydrogeological hazard
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