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Mapping social vulnerability to flood hazard in Norfolk, England

Garbutt, K; Ellul, C; Fujiyama, T; (2015) Mapping social vulnerability to flood hazard in Norfolk, England. Environmental Hazards , 14 (2) pp. 156-186. 10.1080/17477891.2015.1028018. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper, we present a method to assess social vulnerability through the creation of an Open Source Vulnerability Index (OS-VI). The OS-VI provides context to environmental hazards and allows NGOs and local agencies to better tailor services and provide targeted pre-emptive vulnerability reduction and resilience-building programmes. A deductive indicator-based approach is utilised to incorporate a wide range of vulnerability indicators known to influence vulnerability. Unlike many vulnerability indices, the OS-VI incorporates flood risk as well as the loss of capabilities and the importance of key services (health facilities and food stores) through the measurement of accessibility when determining an area's level of social vulnerability. The index was developed using open-source mapping and analysis software and is composed completely of open-source data from national data sets. The OS-VI was designed at the national level, with data for all proxy indicators available across the entirety of England and Wales. For this paper, a case study is presented concerned with one English county, Norfolk.

Type: Article
Title: Mapping social vulnerability to flood hazard in Norfolk, England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17477891.2015.1028018
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17477891.2015.1028018
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Environmental Hazards on 1 Apr 2015, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17477891.2015.1028018.
Keywords: GIS, vulnerability, floods, open source, hazards, mapping
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1498443
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