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Exploring Science–Policy Interactions in a Technical Policy Field: Climate Change and Flood Risk Management in Austria, Southern Germany, and Switzerland

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Institute of Forest, Environmental, and Natural Resource Policy, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, 1180 Vienna, Austria
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Institute of Spatial Planning, Environmental Planning and Land Rearrangement, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, 1180 Vienna, Austria
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Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, 79085 Freiburg, Germany
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Water 2019, 11(8), 1675; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11081675
Received: 28 June 2019 / Revised: 6 August 2019 / Accepted: 7 August 2019 / Published: 13 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Flood Risk Governance for More Resilience)
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Abstract

This paper analyses the science–policy interactions in the field of flood risk governance against the background of climate change. By the example of three neighbouring Alpine regions (Switzerland, Southern Germany and Austria), the study strives to shed further light on how flood risk governance regimes embrace the possible impacts of climate change. It builds on the assumption that flood risk management, as a ‘technical’ policy field, is strongly influenced by scientific evidence and that differences in how countries incorporate climate change can be explained by the way science and policy are brought together in the respective national arenas. We structure the empirical analysis along three dimensions: (i) dynamics of knowledge creation; (ii) institutionalization of the science–policy interface; and (iii) pathways of influence of expertise on policy development. We find that there is a mixed, though increasing influence of climate change on flood risk governance in the three selected Alpine regions. Climate adaptation has become an important issue of flood policy in all three study areas, and this shift has been strongly supported by evidence-based arguments. View Full-Text
Keywords: science–policy interface; flood risk management; climate change; adaptation science–policy interface; flood risk management; climate change; adaptation
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Nordbeck, R.; Löschner, L.; Pelaez Jara, M.; Pregernig, M. Exploring Science–Policy Interactions in a Technical Policy Field: Climate Change and Flood Risk Management in Austria, Southern Germany, and Switzerland. Water 2019, 11, 1675.

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