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Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1650; doi:10.3390/su9091650

Exploring Flood Resilience Thinking in the Retail Sector under Climate Change: A Case Study of an Estuarine Region of Taipei City

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Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Chinese Culture University, Taipei 11114, Taiwan
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Department of Architecture, Tamkang University, New Taipei City 25137, Taiwan
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Received: 29 June 2017 / Revised: 11 September 2017 / Accepted: 11 September 2017 / Published: 17 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Geography and Environmental Sustainability)
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With predictions of extreme precipitation and sea-level rise under climate change that may induce morphological changes of estuaries, increased estuarine flood risk needs to be considered. The aim of this case study was to contemplate sustainability from the perspective of flood resilience that focuses on environmental problems and solutions. The study provided insights into retailers’ resilience thinking regarding the flood-prone Shetzu Peninsula in Taipei City. It is of concern that the retailers strategically identified potential flood risks and have developed adaptive knowledge, skills, and networks. The Location Quotient (LQ) analysis was conducted to verify that the retail sector of Shetzu Peninsula was considered a basic industry. Further assessments, an interactive visualization model and a consumption intensity map, were provided as supportive data. Based on the results, semi-structured interviews were conducted to explore 15 key retailers’ resilience thinking on how to adapt to floods in terms of risk communication under climate change. This approach is vital to meet the adaptation challenge in the Shetzu Peninsula. As a result, the study indicated that retailers have strategically identified potential weather-related risks and have implemented adaptation plans for each store functions. The study discussed that, in the face of climate change, maladaptation, interactive visualization models for communicating flood risks, and place attachment are key issues to increase flood resilience under climate change. The introduction of adaptation interventions in terms of urban resilience as a part of a comprehensive strategy helps to manage the impacts of climate change towards urban sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: flood risk; visualization model; location quotient; semi-structured interview; place attachment flood risk; visualization model; location quotient; semi-structured interview; place attachment
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Chiang, Y.-C.; Ling, T.-Y. Exploring Flood Resilience Thinking in the Retail Sector under Climate Change: A Case Study of an Estuarine Region of Taipei City. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1650.

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