Annotated bibliography of hazard and flood-related articles

Keogh, D.U., A. Armando, S. Mushtaq, D. King, and M. Thomas, 2011: Resilience, vulnerability and adaptive capacity of an inland rural town prone to flooding: a climate change adaptation case study of Charleville, Queensland, Australia. Natural Hazards, 59, 699-723.

Hydrometeorological disasters, most notably floods, account for the majority of economic and livelihood losses in Australia. The objective of this study was to assess the vulnerability and coping/adaptation capacities of residents of Charleville, a town that is frequently exposed to flooding events. This study was entirely qualitative, using in-depth interviews with varying residents and businesses as well as compiling an expansive literature review on a local and international scale. The researchers found that residents and business owners within Charleville expressed a “strong sense of personal responsibility to protect themselves and reduce their vulnerability.” Additionally, the sense of community among the residents is helpful during the evacuation phase of floods since relationships are strong among neighbors. Results from this study can be helpful on an international scale by representing a successful example of a supportive community that is extremely resilient to future floods.

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