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A Vulnerability Research Framework for the Development of Early Warning Systems for Floods

Erica Tauzer (), Mercy J. Borbor-Cordova (), Telmo de la Cuadra (), Susana del Granado (), Carol Franco-Bellini (), Carlos Medina (), Jhoyzette Mendoza (), Moory M. Romero-Fernandez () and Anna M. Stewart-Ibarra ()
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Erica Tauzer: Center for Global Health and Translational Science, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA
Mercy J. Borbor-Cordova: Facultad de Ingeniería Marítima, Ciencias Oceánicas y Recursos Naturales, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Guayaquil, Ecuador
Telmo de la Cuadra: Secretary of Risk Management (SGR), Samborondón, Ecuador
Susana del Granado: Institute for Advanced Development Studies, La Paz, Bolivia
Carol Franco-Bellini: The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Polytechnic University, Blacksburg, VA, USA
Carlos Medina: Ministry of Environment, Quito, Ecuador
Jhoyzette Mendoza: Ministry of Environment, Quito, Ecuador
Moory M. Romero-Fernandez: Center for Global Health and Translational Science, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA
Anna M. Stewart-Ibarra: Center for Global Health and Translational Science, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA

No 02/2017, Development Research Working Paper Series from Institute for Advanced Development Studies

Abstract: Flood risk is increasing in urban areas due to increased population and urban development, a changing climate, coastal subsidence, and deforestation. To reduce people’s exposure to floods, many countries have identified the need for Early Warning Systems for Floods (EWSFs). In the United Nations Climate Change COP15, sixteen of the 21 Latin American countries listed the improvement and establishment of early warning systems as a priority need. In this paper, we present a multi-scalar operational research framework that is being used to investigate EWSFs across three countries in Latin America. This novel framework can be applied to institutions or flood-prone communities, providing a standardized and integrative analysis at local and national levels. By analyzing interventions before, during and after flooding events, this generalizable assessment tool provides decision makers with information to evaluate the resource requirements for improving EWSFs.

Keywords: Early warning systems; flooding; vulnerability; risk management; Latin America. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 D81 I31 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22 pages
Date: 2017-09
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