Perception of landslides risk and responsibility: A case study in eastern Styria, Austria

Damm A, Eberhard K, Sendzimir J, & Patt A (2013). Perception of landslides risk and responsibility: A case study in eastern Styria, Austria. Natural Hazards 69 (1): 165-183. DOI:10.1007/s11069-013-0694-y.

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Abstract

This paper presents a case study about the perception of landslide risk. Following a major set of landslides in the eastern part of Austria in June 2009, we surveyed local experts, residents who had suffered losses from the landslides, and others living in the affected communities. Overall, the risk perception was significantly higher among those who had been personally affected by a landslide, had knowledge of the geology in the study region, had been affected by another natural hazard, or spent a lot of time outdoors and in touch with nature. Non-experts viewed natural factors as the main causes for the occurrence of landslides, while experts viewed anthropogenic factors as more important. Likewise, non-experts placed a greater emphasis on hard measures (such as retaining walls) to reduce the risk, whereas the experts tended to focus on better information and land-use planning. In terms of responsibility for mitigative actions, a majority of inhabitants believed that public authorities should undertake most of the costs, whereby those who had personal experience with landslides were more likely to favor the government paying for it.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Landslides; Natural hazards; Risk communication; Risk perception
Research Programs: Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV)
Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Bibliographic Reference: Natural Hazards; 69(1):165-183 (October 2013) (Published online 19 April 2013)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:48
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2016 10:15
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10313

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