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Analysis of the Public Flood Risk Perception in a Flood-Prone City: The Case of Jingdezhen City in China

by 1,2,3,*, 1,3,*, 1,3, 1,3 and 2
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State Key Laboratory of Hydrology-Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
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Department of Civil Engineering, Water and Environmental Management Research Centre, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TR, UK
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Institute of Management Science, Business School, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China
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Water 2018, 10(11), 1577; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10111577
Received: 13 October 2018 / Revised: 31 October 2018 / Accepted: 1 November 2018 / Published: 4 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Flood Risk and Resilience)
Understanding and improving public flood risk perception is conducive to the implementation of effective flood risk management and disaster reduction policies. In the flood-prone city of Jingdezhen, flood disaster is one of the most destructive natural hazards to impact the society and economy. However, few studies have been attempted to focus on public flood risk perception in the small and medium-size city in China, like Jingdezhen. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the public flood risk perception in four districts of Jingdezhen and examine the related influencing factors. A questionnaire survey of 719 randomly sampled respondents was conducted in 16 subdistricts of Jingdezhen. Analysis of variance was conducted to identify the correlations between the impact factors and public flood risk perception. Then, the flood risk perception differences between different groups under the same impact factor were compared. The results indicated that the socio-demographic characteristics of the respondents (except occupation), flood experience, flood knowledge education, flood protection responsibility, and trust in government were strongly correlated with flood risk perception. The findings will help decision makers to develop effective flood risk communication strategies and flood risk reduction policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: flood risk perception; natural flood management; disaster mitigation; flood-prone city; questionnaire survey flood risk perception; natural flood management; disaster mitigation; flood-prone city; questionnaire survey
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Wang, Z.; Wang, H.; Huang, J.; Kang, J.; Han, D. Analysis of the Public Flood Risk Perception in a Flood-Prone City: The Case of Jingdezhen City in China. Water 2018, 10, 1577.

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