Improving flood risk assessment and management through a systems perspective – Policy Brief

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adelphi, GFZ 2019: Improving flood risk assessment and management through a systems perspective. Policy Brief.

Dynamic change, incomplete knowledge and uncertainty in decision-making are among the key challenges of flood risk management.

A systems perspective incorporates the interests of all stakeholders and enables more robust decision-making by taking dynamic change and human behaviour into account. Research from the European Training Network System-Risk shows how advanced approaches and methods for flood risk management allow for a more comprehensive understanding of risk.

Key messages of the policy briefing:

  • Considering the diverse drivers of floods creates a more comprehensive understanding of flood risk.
  • Understanding and quantifying human behaviour can help to better manage flood risk.
  • A new decision support framework allows the quantification of the redistribution of risk across flood-protected areas and enhances decision-making.

The present policy briefing is one of two papers compiled by adelphi and summarises results from 15 doctoral theses within the System Risk project.