Resilience measure: Vulnerability assessment


Vulnerability assessment is important in to consider in risk management and flood damage assessment. Researches with vulnerability subject involves diverse descriptions for vulnerability; in United Nations’ description vulnerability is a degree of damage to a certain objects at flood risk with specified amount and present in a scale from 0 to 1 (no damage to full damage) (United nations 1982). The vulnerability refers mainly to the flood prone area characteristics related to the potential of damage and to the local recovery capacity. Creation of an observatory of vulnerability and its evolution through time assists further in resilience enchancement.
(Nasiri H. et. al., 2016 & Cançado V. et. al., 2008)

Co-benefits and impacts

Vulnerability assessment of sea-level rise modelling, for example, may help to identify most critical areas prone to flooding, erosion or contamination of groundwater by seawater. Use of modelling to predict sea-level rise can help assess the vulnerability of critical areas prone to flooding, erosion, etc. allowing targeted adaptation measures. If duration of impact is considered along with any plans/systems in place prior to an event, it would reduce the duration and/or severity of impacts too.

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Availability of GIS based information system for stakeholders
Expected efficiency of the reconstruction works
Availability of regulations defining reconstruction/renovation procedures after flood events
Possibility and capability of modifying Building Code on reconstruction procedures
Establishment of Stakeholders Committee on flood risk
Availability and implementation of regulations enhancing adaptation/mitigation
Development and availability of regulations and specifications depending zones of flood risk
Availability of flood vulnerability maps
Land use control
Legal building reconstruction/renovation for flood risk mitigation/adaptation purposes
Citizens Learning and adapting from previous events
Responsible authorities Learning and adapting from previous events
Multidisciplinary knowledge exchange (engineer, architect/urban planner, sociologist, economist, politician - city government, etc.)
Knowledge exchange between scientific community and authorities
Active involvement and support of citizens in flood risk related activities
Protection from a flood originating by a 1 meter river level rise

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Last modified: Jan. 18, 2017, 12:03 p.m.