The costing of measures for natural hazard mitigation

Bouwer, Laurens M., Papyrakis, Elissaios, Poussin, Jennifer, Pfurtscheller, Clemens and Thieken, Annegret (2014) The costing of measures for natural hazard mitigation. Natural Hazards Review, 15 (4). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1527-6988

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Abstract

The literature on the costing of mitigation measures for reducing impacts of natural hazards is rather fragmented. This paper provides a concise overview of the current state of knowledge in Europe on the costing of mitigation measures for the reduction of natural hazard risks (droughts, floods, storms and induced coastal hazards as well as alpine hazards) and identifies knowledge gaps and related research recommendations. Furthermore, it provides a taxonomy of related mitigation options, classifying them into nine categories: (1) management plans, land-use planning, and climate adaptation; (2) hazard modification; (3) infrastructure; (4) mitigation measures (stricto sensu); (5) communication in advance of events; (6) monitoring and early warning systems; (7) emergency response and evacuation; (8) financial incentives; and (9) risk transfer (including insurance). It is found that the costing of mitigation measures in European and in other countries has almost exclusively focused on estimating direct costs. A cost assessment framework that addresses a range of costs, possibly informed by multiple stakeholders, would provide more accurate estimates and could provide better guidance to decision makers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural hazards,mitigation,costs,adaptation,risk reduction,floods,droughts,coastal hazards,alpine hazards
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2015 07:14
Last Modified: 05 May 2020 23:52
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/55781
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000133

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