Public and property professionals' perception of sea level rise: risks and threats in Teignmouth, Devon

Moorhouse, Mark (2010) Public and property professionals' perception of sea level rise: risks and threats in Teignmouth, Devon. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this dissertation is to evaluate the perceptions held by the public and property professionals on the risks and threats of sea level rise and associated coastal flooding in Teignmouth. The method focussed on primary research with postal questionnaires being administered to the residents of Teignmouth and interviews being conducted with property professionals serving the town. Both were successful methods and received a good response. The results illustrate similar perceptions between residents and property professionals. The investigation concluded that Teignmouth residents’ have a low awareness of the risks and threats of sea level rise and associated coastal flooding. As a result Teignmouth residents’ are underestimating the risks and threats posed by sea level rise to their homes. With regard to property professionals, they perceive the risks and threats of sea level rise to be an insignificant factor affecting both the demand and value of homes in the town. In their experience, demand for properties in Teignmouth is very high, whether they are at risk of flooding by the sea or not. Finally, it is recommended that education on the risks and threats of sea level rise and associated coastal flooding be employed to increase residents’ awareness.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/1026

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