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29 APR 2018

A conceptual model for measuring flood resilience

There exists a lack of a general measurement framework for determining the level of flood resilience for an individual property. This research presents a conceptual model for measuring flood resilience at the individual property level adopting a systems dynamic approach. The concepts underpinning the model and the make-up of the approach are discussed, including the identification of components and the development of mathematical models.

The risks of flooding have been ever present for buildings located in flood plains or close to coastal areas. Surface water flooding and flash flooding in urban areas means that buildings located away from flood plains and coastal areas may also be exposed to flooding. While some of these buildings have developed a level of resilience over time, many have very poor, inadequate or lack any level of resilience to floods. This raises the questions as to what level of resilience is appropriate and how best to quantify flood resilience at the level of the individual property. 

A systematic review of the available literature is described to identify resilience measures and the capacities that define them. This conceptual model has the potential to provide an evidence based template to inform stakeholders on the level of resilience present within a property and thus enhance the quality of decision making and investment in property level flood risk adaptation measures. Further research is recommended to develop and test the conceptual framework presented herein.

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