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Investigating Decision Mechanisms of Statutory Stakeholders in Flood Risk Strategy Formation: A Computational Experiments Approach

Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Zografou 11527, Greece
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Water 2020, 12(10), 2716; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12102716
Received: 25 August 2020 / Accepted: 13 September 2020 / Published: 29 September 2020
Cities at risk of extreme hydro-meteorological events need to be prepared to decrease the extent of the impacts. However, sometimes, authorities only react to catastrophes failing to proactively prepare against extremes. This can be a result of both absent structural protection measures and problematic governance. While for the first, models exist that can simulate the effect, the effect of the latter is difficult to quantify. This work aims to explore the effects that typical authorities’ behaviour has on the decisions for preparing and protecting a city against floods. This behaviour includes how the different authorities decide, for example, on whether or not to cooperate with each other, build something, assign funding to something, etc. These decisions affect directly the preparedness against and the protection from flood events. For that matter, the institutional analysis framework was used to conceptualise the decision-making processes of authorities responsible for flood risk management. Based on this, an agent-based modelling tool has been created, enabling the exploration of the system’s behaviour under different scenarios. The tool is used as a case study of the responsible authorities for flood protection in the city of Rethymno on the island of Crete, Greece. The tool has a user-friendly interface enabling the end-users to explore the drivers of decision-making processes under different conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: decision making support; flood risk management; agent based modelling; socio-hydrology decision making support; flood risk management; agent based modelling; socio-hydrology
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Koutiva, I.; Lykou, A.; Pantazis, C.; Makropoulos, C. Investigating Decision Mechanisms of Statutory Stakeholders in Flood Risk Strategy Formation: A Computational Experiments Approach. Water 2020, 12, 2716.

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