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Household flood risk reduction in the Czech Republic

Duží, B; Vikhrov, D; Stojanov, R; Jakubínský, J; Kelman, I; (2013) Household flood risk reduction in the Czech Republic. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 10.1007/s11027-013-9504-9. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper uses household surveys in the Bečva River Basin, the Czech Republic to determine the coping and adaptation measures that are implemented for flood risk reduction. In 2012, door-to-door surveys with household residents (N = 304) were completed in areas of high, low, and ostensibly no flood risk. Using a probit model as a regression technique through the statistical software STATA, we explored factors that potentially influence coping and adaptation. Overall, coping and adaptation measures for flooding were not undertaken extensively and the rate of change to adopt measures was slow, even amongst flood-affected households. More work is needed to understand the reasons behind their reticence, especially to confirm how much financial factors are a limiting agent. The regression analysis indicated that more children and more men in the household supported the adoption of adaptation measures. As well, when people perceive that they live in a low or high flood risk zone, the likelihood of taking some adaptation measurements increases compared with the perception of living in a no flood risk zone. Meanwhile, the highest negative correlation was that living in a house elevated off the ground decreases the likelihood of taking other adaptation measurements by 20 %. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Type: Article
Title: Household flood risk reduction in the Czech Republic
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11027-013-9504-9
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11027-013-9504-9
Language: English
Additional information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11027-013-9504-9
Keywords: Beèva river basin, Czech Republic, Flood risk reduction, Floods, Household adaptation, Household coping
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/1436999
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