Advertisement

© 2019

Understanding Flood Preparedness

Flood Memories, Social Vulnerability and Risk Communication in Southern Poland

  • Highlights the social side of the natural disasters debate, e.g. social vulnerability and risk communication

  • Covers both universal behavioural patterns in flood prone areas and context-specific natural, social and economic factors influenced by local, regional and national factors

  • Offers unique field data which could be used as comparative material for other studies in the field

Book

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Jarosław Działek, Wojciech Biernacki, Roman Konieczny, Łukasz Fiedeń, Paweł Franczak, Karolina Grzeszna et al.
    Pages 1-16
  3. Jarosław Działek, Wojciech Biernacki, Roman Konieczny, Łukasz Fiedeń, Paweł Franczak, Karolina Grzeszna et al.
    Pages 17-41
  4. Jarosław Działek, Wojciech Biernacki, Roman Konieczny, Łukasz Fiedeń, Paweł Franczak, Karolina Grzeszna et al.
    Pages 43-60
  5. Jarosław Działek, Wojciech Biernacki, Roman Konieczny, Łukasz Fiedeń, Paweł Franczak, Karolina Grzeszna et al.
    Pages 61-90
  6. Jarosław Działek, Wojciech Biernacki, Roman Konieczny, Łukasz Fiedeń, Paweł Franczak, Karolina Grzeszna et al.
    Pages 91-113
  7. Jarosław Działek, Wojciech Biernacki, Roman Konieczny, Łukasz Fiedeń, Paweł Franczak, Karolina Grzeszna et al.
    Pages 115-126
  8. Jarosław Działek, Wojciech Biernacki, Roman Konieczny, Łukasz Fiedeń, Paweł Franczak, Karolina Grzeszna et al.
    Pages 127-130

About this book

Introduction

The book looks at the factors influencing the level of preparedness of communities exposed to flooding. It is based on original research carried out in twelve areas in southern Poland that suffered serious flood damage in the past thirty years. The underlying research was intended, on the one hand, to verify modern concepts explaining the behaviour of people who were exposed to natural hazards and, on the other, to explore the influence of the local natural, social, historical and economic contexts that could modify that behaviour. The book has three main threads: the social memory of floods and their image as it evolves in time; the influence of social and economic conditions (social vulnerability) on the preparedness to take on flood mitigation measures; and the role of risk communication in strengthening flood resilience.

The main body of the work is based on 1) surveys carried out among the flood-affected population and members of local crisis services, 2) interviews with the flood-affected population and with members of administration and services (Police, Fire Dept.) with a history of rescue missions, and 3) an analysis of social media content and of local administration and government agency websites and land-use planning documents. The primary data collected by the authors was supplemented by statistics on the impact of floods occurring in the study areas. The data is presented in tables, graphs and maps for easier comprehension.

The book is aimed at researchers and students, as well as at practitioners interested in risk perception, flood memories, social vulnerability & resilience studies, social capacity building, risk communication & education.

Keywords

Social Vulnerability Flood Risk Perception Risk Communication Social Resilience Social Capacity Building Social Memory of Floods

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Faculty of Geography and GeologyJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland
  2. 2.Faculty of Tourism and LeisureUniversity of Physical Education in KrakowKrakówPoland
  3. 3.Institute of Meteorology and Water ManagementNational Research InstituteKrakówPoland
  4. 4.Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Faculty of Geography and GeologyJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland
  5. 5.Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Faculty of Geography and GeologyJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland
  6. 6.Independent ResearcherKrakówPoland
  7. 7.Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Faculty of Geography and GeologyJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

About the authors

Dr. Jarosław Działek is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Department of Regional Development at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, where he also obtained a PhD in geography and sociology. 

His research interests include a focus on the social dimensions of local and regional development. He is the author and co-author of a number of books and papers on the following topics: geography of artists and creativity, cultural heritage and social capital building, social capital resources in Poland, perception of natural hazards. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Understanding Flood Preparedness
  • Book Subtitle Flood Memories, Social Vulnerability and Risk Communication in Southern Poland
  • Authors Jarosław Działek
    Wojciech Biernacki
    Roman Konieczny
    Łukasz Fiedeń
    Paweł Franczak
    Karolina Grzeszna
    Karolina Listwan-Franczak
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Geography
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs Geography
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04594-4
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-04593-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-04594-4
  • Series ISSN 2211-4165
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-4173
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 130
  • Number of Illustrations 28 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Environmental Geography
    Natural Hazards
    Human Geography
    Regional Development
    Environmental Sociology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Engineering