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.