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Flood resilience of communities along the Salzach river, Austria

Götz, Katharina (2022) Flood resilience of communities along the Salzach river, Austria.

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Abstract:Floods are a reoccurring phenomenon in the Alpine region of Austria. One region which had many historical flood events is the district of Zell am See. After a particularly big flood in 2005 the communities constructed a flood protection system. However, the frequency and intensity of floods in recent years requires a continuous adaptation to floods. In this thesis, the level of resilience of the communities along the Salzach River was assessed based on the sources of resilience identified within the Zurich Flood Resilience Measurement Framework. The assessment is based on four major capitals, which are necessary for the community’s resilience: natural, physical, financial, and social capital. Interviews with local representatives of both governmental and nongovernmental actors were conducted and relevant documents were obtained to collect the necessary data. The results show a high level of community resilience, for which the financial, social and physical capital are the main contributors. The natural capital, with the forests contributing as a natural form of flood prevention system, also contributes to the resilience. Nevertheless, this aspect leaves the most room, for further improvement. However, even though the community resilience is sufficient, the expected climatic change requires continuous improvements on the flood coping infrastructure.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 43 environmental science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
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