Tradeoffs and Preferences between Flood Mitigation Measures Public

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  • Floods remain the world’s most destructive natural hazard, despite centuries of efforts to minimize losses. Understanding public preferences for flood mitigation measures, and the impacts of these measures, is key to minimizing flood-induced losses. This study quantified tradeoffs between flood mitigation measures and determined factors that influence public preferences for those flood mitigation measures in college student and professionals familiar with environmental issues. To quantify tradeoffs, we modeled economic, social, and environmental costs, as well as risk of failure, for dams, early warning systems, and floodplain reconnection. To assess public preferences, we distributed an online survey based upon our modeled values. Results suggested that people with previous flood experience support different mitigation practices than people with no prior experience. Additionally, people who support different flood mitigation practices prioritize different factors. These findings can improve flood mitigation planning and help prioritize the expenditure of limited public funding on different mitigation options.
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