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Navigating scientific uncertainty in wildfire and flood risk mitigation: A qualitative review

TitleNavigating scientific uncertainty in wildfire and flood risk mitigation: A qualitative review
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsNeale, T, Weir, J
JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Volume13
Start Page255
Pagination255-265
Date Published09/2015
KeywordsWildfire; Flood; Risk mitigation; Social science; Australia
Abstract

Natural hazards are complex events whose mitigation has generated a diverse field of specialised natural science expertise that is drawn upon by a wide range of practitioners and decision-makers. In this paper, the authors bring natural science research, risk studies and science and technology studies together in aid of clarifying the role scientific uncertainties play in the mitigation of natural hazards and their associated risks. Given that uncertainty is a necessary part of scientific practise and method, those engaged in risk mitigation must manage these scientific uncertainties in their decision-making just as, equally, social science researchers, stakeholders and others hoping to understand risk mitigation must understand their character and influence. To this end, the authors present the results of an extensive literature review of scientific uncertainties as they emerge in relation to wildfire and flood risk mitigation in Australia. The results are both a survey of these major uncertainties and a novel categorisation within which a variety of expert and non-expert audiences might discuss and translate the scientific uncertainties that are encountered and managed in risk mitigation.

URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221242091530025X
DOI10.1016/j.ijdrr.2015.06.010
Refereed DesignationRefereed
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