Special Issue "Environmental Risk Management"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Monica Rivas Casado
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School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK430AL, UK
Interests: unmanned aerial vehicles; monitoring; ecological modelling; freshwater ecosystems; statistics; environmental engineering; robotics and autonomous systems
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Prof. Dr. Guangtao Fu
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Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter, North Park Road, Exeter, EX4 4QF, UK
Interests: artificial intelligence; water system analysis; flood management; system resilience analysis
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Prof. Dr. Paul Leinster
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School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK430AL, UK
Interests: environmental policy; environmental regulation; sustainability; governance; monitoring; natural capital; ecosystem services; risk assessment; emergency response; systems based approaches; operationalizing research findings

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on ensuring urban settlements become more resilient to environmental change. The scale and frequency of extreme events affecting urban environments is expected to increase in the future, and their impacts are more difficult to assess due to an increasing number of systems and social–economic factors involved. Current management strategies are limited by lack of understanding of the spatiotemporal interactions between environmental and social processes, ineffective risk communication strategies, conflicts between socioeconomic, environmental and political priorities, risk perception and social behaviour, as well as the rate of technological uptake. Novel and multidisciplinary environmental risk assessment and management strategies need to be developed to effectively address the current and increasing challenges that will affect us in the coming years.

This Special Issue aims to address key gaps in knowledge in environmental risk assessment and management within all aspects of water, including water science, technology and governance. Of particular interest are papers focusing on new methodological approaches to risk management from data collection to communication and papers exploring new approaches to increase the uptake of resilient and resistance measures to mitigate the impacts of extreme events. It will cover a full suite of issues including, but not limited to, environmental risk management strategies that align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, strategies to mitigate global and local environmental changes, advances in risk perception theory, multihazard assessment, uncertainty analysis, novel risk assessment methods, use of artificial intelligence and big data analytics.

Dr. Monica Rivas Casado
Prof. Dr. Guangtao Fu
Prof. Dr. Paul Leinster
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • risk management
  • resilience
  • resistance
  • sustainable development goals
  • environmental challenges
  • impact mitigation
  • global change
  • risk perception theory

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Protection Motivation Theory: A Proposed Theoretical Extension and Moving beyond Rationality—The Case of Flooding
Water 2020, 12(7), 1848; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12071848 - 28 Jun 2020
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Despite the significant financial and non-financial costs of household flooding, and the availability of products that can reduce the risk or impact of flooding, relatively few consumers choose to adopt these products. To help explain this, we combine the existing theoretical literature with [...] Read more.
Despite the significant financial and non-financial costs of household flooding, and the availability of products that can reduce the risk or impact of flooding, relatively few consumers choose to adopt these products. To help explain this, we combine the existing theoretical literature with evidence from 20 one-to-one discussions and three workshops with key stakeholders, as well as five round tables, to draw practical evidence of actual responses to flood risk. This analysis leads us to propose an extension to Protection Motivation Theory (PMT), which more accurately captures the decision-making process of consumers by highlighting the role of ‘ownership appraisal’. We then assess the extent to which behavioral biases impact on this revised framework. By highlighting the interaction with an augmented model of PMT and behavioral biases, the paper sheds light on potential reasons behind the fact that consumers are unlikely to adopt property-level flood resilience measures and identifies strategies to increase flood protection. The Augmented PMT suggests that policymakers might focus on increasing the Ownership Appraisal element, both directly and by targeting the creation of more supportive social norms. The work presented here opens up a wide range of areas for future research in the field. Full article
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