Risk reduction at the "last-mile": an attempt to turn science into action by the example of Padang, Indonesia

Taubenböck, Hannes, Goseberg, Nils, Lämmel, Gregor, Setiadi, Neysa J., Schlurmann, Torsten, Nagel, Kai, Siegert, Florian, Birkmann, Joern, Traub, Karl-Peter, Dech, Stefan, Keuck, Vanessa, Lehmann, Frank, Strunz, Günter and Klüpfel, Hubert, (2013). Risk reduction at the "last-mile": an attempt to turn science into action by the example of Padang, Indonesia. Natural Hazards, 65(1), 915-945

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    Author Taubenböck, Hannes
    Goseberg, Nils
    Lämmel, Gregor
    Setiadi, Neysa J.
    Schlurmann, Torsten
    Nagel, Kai
    Siegert, Florian
    Birkmann, Joern
    Traub, Karl-Peter
    Dech, Stefan
    Keuck, Vanessa
    Lehmann, Frank
    Strunz, Günter
    Klüpfel, Hubert
    Title Risk reduction at the "last-mile": an attempt to turn science into action by the example of Padang, Indonesia
    Appearing in Natural Hazards
    Volume 65
    Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2013
    Place of Publication Dordrecht
    Publisher Springer
    Start page 915
    End page 945
    Language eng

    More than ever before, the last decade revealed the immense vulnerability of the world’s cities to natural hazards. Neither the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004, the hurricane Katrina in 2005, the cyclone Nargis in 2008 nor the earthquakes in Sichuan in 2008 or in Haiti 2010 found the people, the city administrations or the national or international organizations well prepared in the advent of anticipated but to a large extent disregarded natural disasters. It is evident that the lack of tailor-made disaster management plans and standard operational procedures are often the crucial point in proper risk reduction approaches. This study presents an approach to transfer knowledge of an extensive multidisciplinary scientific study on risk identification into recommendations for risk reduction strategies. The study has been conducted by means of a combination of experts from different scientific communities coming from civil and coastal engineering, remote sensing, social sciences, evacuation modelling and capacity development. The paper presents the results of this research approach and interweaves key findings with recent experiences from an eyewitness on a previous hazard event. Thus, necessary tsunami hazard and vulnerability information as well as valuable insights into preparedness activities have been derived for initiating updated infrastructural designs and practical recommendations for emergency management as well as strategic spatial planning activities at the local scale. The approach was applied in the context of tsunami early warning and evacuation planning in the coastal city of Padang, Western Sumatra, Republic of Indonesia.

    Copyright Holder Springer
    Copyright Year 2013
    Copyright type Creative commons
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