Informing and evaluating disaster preparedness with urban resilience knowledge systems: What counts, what’s missing, and what works?

Authors: Kassie Ernst*, University of Tennessee
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Sustainability Science, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters
Keywords: climate adaptation, urban resilience, knowledge systems, decision-making
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Cleveland 1, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Urban decision-makers continually turn to decision-support tools to inform resilience and adaptation decisions. These decisions are complex as future environment, socioeconomic, and climate changes couple together and variously manifest across contexts. These complexities have led urban decision-makers to seek new information and new ways of informing decisions resulting in a proliferation of knowledge systems for urban resilience. However, little research has taken a direct approach to evaluating decisions-support tools or the knowledge system itself? Specifically, not much is understood about the outcomes of the processes that surround the creation, development, and use of decision-support tools or about what decisions, changes, or actions have been taken by urban decision-makers. This study applies an evaluation framework to two urban resilience knowledge systems and analyzes the outcomes of these processes with a specific focus on what is being addressed, what is missing, and what has worked within knowledge system processes? Two cases and preliminary findings are discussed.

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