Operationalizing urban resilience to floods in embanked territories - Application in Avignon, Provence Alpes Cote d'azur region

Type Article
Date 2019-10
Language English
Author(s) Heinzlef CharlotteORCID1, 2, Becue Vincent2, Serre Damien3
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Avignon, UMR 7300, ESPACE, 74 Rue Louis Pasteur Case 19, F-84029 Avignon 1, France.
2 : Univ Mons, Fac Architecture & Urban Maiming, Rue Havre 88, B-7000 Mons, Belgium.
3 : Univ French Polynesia, EIO, UMR 241, Punaauia BP 6570, F-98702 Tahiti, French Polynesi, France.
Source Safety Science (0925-7535) (Elsevier), 2019-10 , Vol. 118 , P. 181-193
DOI 10.1016/j.ssci.2019.05.003
WOS© Times Cited 33
Keyword(s) Urban floods, Urban resilience, Climate change, Decision-support tool

Over-urbanization coupled with a climate change has led to an increase in urban floods, both in frequency and intensity. Faced with growing uncertainties, managers are struggling to find appropriate risk management strategies. Alongside traditional risk management strategies, the concept of Urban Resilience is embedded in political discourses, international and local strategies. However, this concept remains still very abstract for a lot of actors, a buzzword difficult to operationalize. The objective of this work is to concretize urban resilience to floods by proposing a spatial decision support tool co-built with urban managers. The proposed methodology is a holistic approach integrating three indicators of resilience applied to the Avignon rase study (Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur Region).

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