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Flood resilience: A review of evolving definitions

Laidlaw, S and Percival, S (2024) Flood resilience: A review of evolving definitions. Natural Hazards. ISSN 0921-030X

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Flooding is one of the most complicated and prolific natural hazards that communities face. Added to this, more people will be affected by this hazard than any other in the future. Within recent years, there has been a notable shift in flood risk management from risk-based approaches to resilience-based. Considered a novel and necessary approach, yet no single definition of flood resilience exists. Leading to confusion surrounding the applicability of the concept. A systematic review of flood resilience definitions was hence conducted, covering a 5-year period from 2017-2021, resulting in 65 papers, supplemented by a narrative review (to include papers outside of the scope of the study), which added a further 11 papers. Results indicated that whilst there is no singular definition for flood resilience, there are similarities between definitions through the use of synonymous language. Whilst there is evidence of these definitions evolving over time, there is still confusion over the definition. Further research is required to further comprehend the definitions of resilience, helping to develop the use of resilience within flood sciences and corresponding flood risk management practices.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The version of record of this article, first published in Natural Hazards, is available online at Publisher’s website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11069-024-06627-9
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disasters; Flood resilience; Flooding; Resilience; 0401 Atmospheric Sciences; 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience; 1701 Psychology; Strategic, Defence & Security Studies
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Springer
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2024 12:58
Last Modified: 14 May 2024 13:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s11069-024-06627-9
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23023
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