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.
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Journal of Coastal Research, Coastal Education and Research Foundation, 2017, Coastal Resilience: Exploring the Many Challenges from Different Viewpoints, 77, pp.127-133. 〈10.2112/SI77-013.1〉
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J.P. Vanderlinden, J. Baztan, N. Touili, I.O. Kane, B. Rulleau, et al.. Coastal Flooding, Uncertainty and Climate Change: Science as a Solution to (mis) Perceptions? A Qualitative Enquiry in Three Coastal European Settings. Journal of Coastal Research, Coastal Education and Research Foundation, 2017, Coastal Resilience: Exploring the Many Challenges from Different Viewpoints, 77, pp.127-133. 〈10.2112/SI77-013.1〉. 〈hal-01584317〉

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