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Sustainability 2015, 7(12), 16866-16884;

The Effects of Mitigation Measures on Flood Damage Prevention in Korea

Department of Urban Engineering, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju 28644, Korea
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Fausto Cavallaro
Received: 2 October 2015 / Revised: 9 December 2015 / Accepted: 10 December 2015 / Published: 21 December 2015
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This study analyzed the characteristics of flood damages and the effects of structural and non-structural flood damage mitigation measures in Korea. First, a theoretical discussion of the structural and non-structural measures to mitigate flood damages was used to select the variables and devise the hypotheses. An analysis was conducted using the Auto-Regressive Integrated Moving-Average (ARIMA) time series methodology, Korean socioeconomic data, and damage characteristics of major flood events. The effects of flood damage mitigation measures on the extent of flood damages were assessed using an intervention time series model. The major findings were that the intervention effects of structural and non-structural measures were statistically significant from 1958 to 2013 (a period of 55 years) and that while the former were ineffective at mitigating flood damages, the latter were successful in doing so. Based on the above findings, policy suggestions for future flood damage mitigation measures in Korea were offered. For structural measures, the government should manage its existing facilities, recover ecosystems of damaged rivers, and devise mitigation measures for urban areas. For non-structural measures, the government should enhance its flood forecasting capacity, revise laws related to flood control and prevention, and update and rationalize land-use plans. View Full-Text
Keywords: flood damage mitigation measures; flood damage prevention; intervention time series flood damage mitigation measures; flood damage prevention; intervention time series

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Son, C.-H.; Baek, J.-I.; Ban, Y.-U.; Ha, S.-R. The Effects of Mitigation Measures on Flood Damage Prevention in Korea. Sustainability 2015, 7, 16866-16884.

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