To outlook the public's perception of flood risk associated with the Thames Gateway development

Condick, Darren (2007) To outlook the public's perception of flood risk associated with the Thames Gateway development. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this project is to ascertain the level of public perception concerning flood risk within the new Thames Gateway Development. However, the Thames Gate way development project is still in its initial stage of development. Therefore primary data will be collected from the residents of Canvey Island to outlook public perceptions within the new development. With the increasing risks from flooding, this report investigates whether the local authorities should be educating the public as a form of mitigation in flood risk management, or will existing and future flood defences provide adequate protection? Has this already or, will this just lead to a false sense of security within the local communities that live in a high risk flood area? To provide answers to these questions primary data will be accompanied with secondary data collection to generate an understanding of how different factors such as development, climate change, public awareness and government policy affect flooding capabilities. The study concludes that there is a distinct relationship between climate change and development increasing the risk of flooding. Flood risk management strategies to communicate to the public have been effective although evidence suggests that this was a reactive approach after the 1998, 2000 floods in the UK. The level of communicating the risks to the public has decreased especially to those moving in to new developments. Recommendations to alternative cost effective methods of communicating the risks of flooding to the public have been made, these were drawn after careful consideration of the evidence produced from both primary and secondary data.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/469

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