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An approach for improving flood risk communication using realistic interactive visualisation

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  • V. B. Kuser Olsen
  • B. Momen
  • S. M. Langsdale
  • G. E. Galloway
  • E. Link
  • K. L. Brubaker
  • M. Ruth
  • R. L. Hill


Publication details

JournalJournal of Flood Risk Management
DateAccepted/In press - 17 Jun 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 16 Aug 2016
DatePublished (current) - 1 Feb 2018
Issue numberS2
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)S783-S793
Early online date16/08/16
Original languageEnglish


Floods become disasters when people and property are placed in harm's way. Yet stakeholders, those at risk of flooding, often take no action to reduce their vulnerability. We demonstrated an approach for improving flood risk communication using the process of realistic interactive visualisation. Our goal was to communicate information about flood risk at the community level and increase stakeholders’ intent to take actions to reduce their risk. Realistic visualisation promotes action based on emotional connection to images. Interactive visualisation is the direct construction of the model by stakeholders. As a reference, we also tested a nationally-recognised model designed for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Both methods resulted in significant learning about community-specific flood risk and risk reduction options. To maximise the intent by stakeholders to take actions to reduce risk, the realistic interactive visualisation method used in high-quality meeting facilities performed best.

    Research areas

  • Community engagement, decision support system, FEMA, flood risk management, GIS, visualisation

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