Evaluating the potential for urban resilience planning to mitigate long-term flood risks

Authors: Philip Gilbertson*, Arizona State University, Sara Meerow, Arizona State University
Topics: Planning Geography, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Sustainability Science
Keywords: Urban Planning, Resilience, Flooding, Natural Hazards, Planning, Governance
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Cleveland 1, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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As cities grapple with the challenges of population growth, sustainable development, and climate change, many have engaged in resiliency planning to address the hazards these challenges present. While not a new topic, urban resilience has taken on various definitions, some which appear contradictory. Despite the contested definitions of resilience, cities have increasing employed resilience planning to develop visions, strategies, and goals to mitigate hazards such as flooding and sea-level rise. Even with such a considerable investment, it is unknown if resilience planning improves hazard mitigation when operationalized. Here we present a methodology and initial findings from a collaborative study intended to assess the degree of coordination amongst resilience planning stakeholders, the extent to which city plans are integrated towards resilience goals, and how effective resilience planning has been to address coastal flooding.

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