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Coastal Flooding, Uncertainty and Climate Change: Science as a Solution to (mis) Perceptions? A Qualitative Enquiry in Three Coastal European Settings

Abstract: This paper contributes to the understanding of the interface between risk perception and climate change risk mitigation in coastal areas. In particular, we analyse the role of science-based knowledge and the so called ?knowledge gap? in coastal stakeholders' verbalized perceptions of coastal risk. We use a qualitative approach to analyse of a corpus of 29 interviews conducted in three coastal European settings: Santander Bay (Spain), the Gironde Estuary (France), and Cesenatico (Italy). This analysis of stakeholders' perceptions of flood risk shows: (i) the science-based understanding of flooding as a probabilistic process is not always present and has little impact on the stated perceptions; and (ii) stakeholders and society as a whole frame risk mostly through values and norms. Given these findings, an increase in science-based knowledge within the world of coastal risk governance under climate change would contribute to safer coasts, provided that the production of science-based knowledge takes into account stakeholder values through a proactive dialogue with stakeholders.

 Fuente: Journal of Coastal Research Special Issue 77 - Coastal Resilience: Exploring the Many Challenges from Different Viewpoints: 127-133. 2017

Editorial: Coastal Education and Research Foundation

 Año de publicación: 2017

Nº de páginas: 7

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.2112/SI77-013.1

ISSN: 0749-0208,1551-5036

Autores/as

VANDERLINDEN, JEAN-PAUL

BAZTAN, JUAN

TOUILI, NABIL

OUMAR KANE, IDRISSA

RULLEAU, BÉNÉDICTE

PIETRANTONI, LUCA

PRATI, GABRIELLE

ZAGONARI, FABIO