Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/177358
Authors: 
Tauzer, Erica
Borbor-Cordova, Mercy J.
de la Cuadra, Telmo
del Granado, Susana
Franco-Bellini, Carol
Medina, Carlos
Mendoza, Jhoyzette
Romero-Fernandez, Moory M.
Stewart-Ibarra, Anna M.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Development Research Working Paper Series 02/2017
Abstract: 
Flood risk is increasing in urban areas due to increased population and urban development, a changing climate, coastal subsidence, and deforestation. To reduce people's exposure to floods, many countries have identified the need for Early Warning Systems for Floods (EWSFs). In the United Nations Climate Change COP15, sixteen of the 21 Latin American countries listed the improvement and establishment of early warning systems as a priority need. In this paper, we present a multi-scalar operational research framework that is being used to investigate EWSFs across three countries in Latin America. This novel framework can be applied to institutions or flood-prone communities, providing a standardized and integrative analysis at local and national levels. By analyzing interventions before, during and after flooding events, this generalizable assessment tool provides decision makers with information to evaluate the resource requirements for improving EWSFs.
Subjects: 
Early warning systems
flooding
vulnerability
risk management
Latin America
JEL: 
D63
D81
I31
Q54
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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