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An assessment of social connections for the community in High River, AB: A perspective on improving flood risk management

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dc.contributor.advisor Cummings, Harry
dc.contributor.author Sotocinal, Jan
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-30T14:37:47Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-30T14:37:47Z
dc.date.copyright 2015
dc.date.created 2015-08-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/16184
dc.description.abstract In recent times, issues on uncertainty and complexity seem to plague the field of flood risk management. Drawing from the 2013 floods in southern Alberta, the region has experienced an unprecedented amount of rain which resulted in the overflowing of the Highwood river and becoming a natural disaster. Due to this catastrophic event, this research paper argues that vulnerabilities in the community of High River, AB need to be assessed with an emphasis on the social linkages that bolster community resilience. An examination of the regional and municipal planning frameworks and emergency management systems will provide a background on how flood risk management is currently done. Through Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), an analysis of the social linkages and organizations was carried out to determine underlying vulnerabilities within the community. As such, these methods can inform us of High River's social capacity and how these may influence vulnerabilities or community resilience. In order to improve decision-making for flood risk management in High River, social learning can be implemented as a way to increase participatory social capacity building towards improving community resilience.
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject flood risk management
dc.subject planning framework
dc.subject emergency management systems
dc.subject community vulnerabilities
dc.subject social learning
dc.subject participatory social capacity building
dc.subject community resilience
dc.title An assessment of social connections for the community in High River, AB: A perspective on improving flood risk management
dc.type Major paper
dc.degree.programme Rural Planning and Development
dc.degree.name Master of Science
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
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