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Does Flooding Define the Aquapelago? Constructing Venice's flood disaster risk personality

Kelman, I; (2021) Does Flooding Define the Aquapelago? Constructing Venice's flood disaster risk personality. Shima: the international journal of research into island cultures , 15 (1) pp. 80-93. 10.21463/shima.102. Green open access

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Abstract

Part of Venice’s character and appeal is sometimes constructed and construed as being not just about water, but also about the role which flood management plays, especially avoiding floods. A ‘disaster risk personality’ is created regarding water-land interaction, based mainly on avoiding inundation. This paper explores the construction of this approach for Venice’s flood disaster risk personality through a conceptual examination of Venice as an aquapelago to understand water-land links and separations. With this baseline, three decision-making lessons for Venice’s flood disaster risk personality are detailed: (i) the dynamicity of the water-land interface and hence the aquapelago, (ii) the impact of structural approaches on disaster risk personality, and (iii) the implications of submergence. While non-structural approaches to flood risk management tend to have the best long-term successes in averting flood disasters, Venice has chosen the opposite approach of constructing a large barrier, substantively changing its disaster risk personality. This choice is not inherently positive or negative, with the desirability and usefulness being subjective and based on the (flood) disaster risk personality sought for the locale.

Type: Article
Title: Does Flooding Define the Aquapelago? Constructing Venice's flood disaster risk personality
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.21463/shima.102
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.21463/shima.102
Language: English
Additional information: The journal is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/).
Keywords: climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, disaster risk reduction, floods, risk
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10125831
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