Navigating scientific uncertainty in wildfire and flood risk mitigation: a qualitative review

Neale, Timothy and Weir, Jessica K. 2015, Navigating scientific uncertainty in wildfire and flood risk mitigation: a qualitative review, International journal of disaster risk reduction, vol. 13, pp. 255-265, doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2015.06.010.

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Title Navigating scientific uncertainty in wildfire and flood risk mitigation: a qualitative review
Author(s) Neale, TimothyORCID iD for Neale, Timothy
Weir, Jessica K.
Journal name International journal of disaster risk reduction
Volume number 13
Start page 255
End page 265
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-09
ISSN 2212-4209
Keyword(s) Wildfire
Risk mitigation
Social science
Summary Natural hazards are complex events whose mitigation has generated a diverse field of specialised natural science expertise that is drawn upon by a wide range of practitioners and decision-makers. In this paper, the authors bring natural science research, risk studies and science and technology studies together in aid of clarifying the role scientific uncertainties play in the mitigation of natural hazards and their associated risks. Given that uncertainty is a necessary part of scientific practise and method, those engaged in risk mitigation must manage these scientific uncertainties in their decision-making just as, equally, social science researchers, stakeholders and others hoping to understand risk mitigation must understand their character and influence. To this end, the authors present the results of an extensive literature review of scientific uncertainties as they emerge in relation to wildfire and flood risk mitigation in Australia. The results are both a survey of these major uncertainties and a novel categorisation within which a variety of expert and non-expert audiences might discuss and translate the scientific uncertainties that are encountered and managed in risk mitigation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2015.06.010
Field of Research 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Socio Economic Objective 961004 Natural Hazards in Forest and Woodlands Environments
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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