Household-Level Coastal Adaptation and Its Drivers: A Systematic Case Study Review.

Koerth, Jana, Vafeidis, A. T. and Hinkel, J. (2016) Household-Level Coastal Adaptation and Its Drivers: A Systematic Case Study Review. Risk Analysis . pp. 1-18. DOI DOI 10.1111/risa.12663.

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Abstract

Evidence-based information on household-level adaptation is an important element of integrated management of vulnerable coastal regions. A growing number of empirical studies deal with household-level adaptation at the coast in different regions. This article provides a systematic review of these studies. We analyze studies according to how households in different parts of the world are currently adapting, or how they are intending to adapt, and identify explanatory factors for adaptation behavior and intention. We find that households implement a broad range of adaptation measures and that adaptation behavior is explained by individual factors such as socioeconomic and cognitive variables, experience, and perceived responsibilities. Nonpersonal characteristics have also been used to explain adaptation behavior and intention but have not been extensively investigated. Few studies employ qualitative research methods and use inductive approaches as well as models stemming from behavioral economics. Our findings suggest that coastal risk management policies should communicate the efficacy of household-level adaptation, in addition to information about flood risk, in order to encourage coastal households in their adaptation activities. In this context, we discuss the role of resources and responsibility of households for their adaptation behavior. We describe the lessons learnt and formulate a research agenda on household-level adaptation to coastal flood risk. In practice, coastal risk management policies should further promote individually driven adaptation by integrating it in adaptation strategies and processes.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: DOI 10.1111/risa.12663
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 10:25
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 12:49
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/35033

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