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Warning System Options for Landslide Risk: A Case Study in Upper Austria

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Climate Policy Group, Department of Environmental Systems Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Zurich 8092, Switzerland
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Risk and Resilience Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg 2361, Austria
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Department of Geophysics, Geological Survey of Austria (GSA), Vienna 1030, Austria
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Resources 2017, 6(3), 37; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources6030037
Received: 19 May 2017 / Revised: 4 August 2017 / Accepted: 5 August 2017 / Published: 11 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Difficult Decisions in Disaster Risk and Environmental Management)
This paper explores warning system options in the landslide-prone community of Gmunden/Gschliefgraben in Upper Austria. It describes stakeholder perspectives on the technical, social, economic, legal and institutional characteristics of a warning system. The perspectives differ on issues such as responsibility allocation in decisions regarding warnings, technologies used for monitoring and forecasting, costs and financial aspects, open data policies and the role of the residents. Drawing on the theory of plural rationality and based on a desk study and interviews, stakeholder perspectives and discourses on the warning system problem and its solution were elicited. The perspectives formed the basis for the specification of three technical policy options for a warning system in Gschliefgraben: a minimal-cost and cost-effective system; a technical-expert system; and a resident-centered system. The case demonstrates the importance of accounting for a plurality of values and preferences and of giving voice to competing discourses in communities contemplating warning systems or other public good policies. This paper concludes that understanding the different and often conflicting perspectives and technical policy options is the starting point for formulating an agreed compromise for an effective warning system. We describe the compromise solution in an accompanying paper included in this Special Issue. View Full-Text
Keywords: warning system; landslide risk; technical policy option; stakeholder perspectives; warning communication and decision making warning system; landslide risk; technical policy option; stakeholder perspectives; warning communication and decision making
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Scolobig, A.; Riegler, M.; Preuner, P.; Linnerooth-Bayer, J.; Ottowitz, D.; Hoyer, S.; Jochum, B. Warning System Options for Landslide Risk: A Case Study in Upper Austria. Resources 2017, 6, 37.

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