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URflood: Key Questions

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URflood hopes to produce guidance for use throughout the EU looking at how to implement good practice flood communications and how to respond to differences in how information is interpreted and utilised.
  • Public meeting in RovaniemiWhat are the most significant elements in the knowledge systems which emergency responders, responsible authorities and members of the public use to make sense of flood risk information; how much do differences in location, the types of flooding experienced and the characteristics of communities alter knowledge systems?
  • What evidence is there that information about the probability of flood occurrence or other information about uncertainties alter responses by different stakeholders and are there circumstances under which information on flood risk uncertainty would be accepted or even welcomed?
  • How could more response-based approaches and tools for communicating flood risk (including flood risk maps) be developed by taking account of stakeholder characteristics and knowledge systems?
  • Where are the mismatches between different knowledge systems and what implications do these mismatches have for emergency planning and community resilience?
  • What are the possible alternative communication methods (including flood risk maps) that take account of understanding different knowledge systems and how did they work in practice?


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