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The informed society: an analysis of the public's information-seeking behavior regarding coastal flood risks

Wim Kellens UGent, Ruud Zaalberg and Philippe De Maeyer UGent (2012) RISK ANALYSIS. 32(8). p.1369-1381
abstract
Recent flood risk management puts an increasing emphasis on the public's risk perception and its preferences. It is now widely recognized that a better knowledge of the public's awareness and concern about risks is of vital importance to outline effective risk communication strategies. Models such as Risk Information Seeking and Processing address this evolution by considering the public's needs and its information-seeking behavior with regard to risk information. This study builds upon earlier information-seeking models and focuses on the empirical relationships between information-seeking behavior and the constructs of risk perception, perceived hazard knowledge, response efficacy, and information need in the context of coastal flood risks. Specific focus is given to the mediating role of information need in the model and to the differences in information-seeking behavior between permanent and temporary residents. By means of a structured on-line questionnaire, a cross-sectional survey was carried out in the city of Ostend, one of the most vulnerable places to coastal flooding on the Belgian coast. Three hundred thirteen respondents participated in the survey. Path analysis reveals that information need does not act as a mediator in contrast to risk perception and perceived knowledge. In addition, it is shown that risk perception and perceived hazard knowledge are higher for permanent than temporary residents, leading to increased information-seeking behavior among the former group. Implications for risk communication are discussed.
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path analysis, risk perception, information seeking behavior, risk communication, coastal flood risk, PERCEPTION, COMMUNICATION, MANAGEMENT, MODEL, PREPAREDNESS, MITIGATION, STRATEGIES, HOUSEHOLDS, RESPONSES, TOURISM
journal title
RISK ANALYSIS
Risk Anal.
volume
32
issue
8
pages
1369 - 1381
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000307385700009
JCR category
SOCIAL SCIENCES, MATHEMATICAL METHODS
JCR impact factor
2.278 (2012)
JCR rank
4/44 (2012)
JCR quartile
1 (2012)
ISSN
0272-4332
DOI
10.1111/j.1539-6924.2011.01743.x
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2996968
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2996968
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2012-09-21 11:45:56
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2015-06-17 10:15:03
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  author       = {Kellens, Wim and Zaalberg, Ruud and De Maeyer, Philippe},
  issn         = {0272-4332},
  journal      = {RISK ANALYSIS},
  keyword      = {path analysis,risk perception,information seeking behavior,risk communication,coastal flood risk,PERCEPTION,COMMUNICATION,MANAGEMENT,MODEL,PREPAREDNESS,MITIGATION,STRATEGIES,HOUSEHOLDS,RESPONSES,TOURISM},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {1369--1381},
  title        = {The informed society: an analysis of the public's information-seeking behavior regarding coastal flood risks},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1539-6924.2011.01743.x},
  volume       = {32},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Kellens, Wim, Ruud Zaalberg, and Philippe De Maeyer. 2012. “The Informed Society: An Analysis of the Public’s Information-seeking Behavior Regarding Coastal Flood Risks.” Risk Analysis 32 (8): 1369–1381.
APA
Kellens, W., Zaalberg, R., & De Maeyer, P. (2012). The informed society: an analysis of the public’s information-seeking behavior regarding coastal flood risks. RISK ANALYSIS, 32(8), 1369–1381.
Vancouver
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Kellens W, Zaalberg R, De Maeyer P. The informed society: an analysis of the public’s information-seeking behavior regarding coastal flood risks. RISK ANALYSIS. 2012;32(8):1369–81.
MLA
Kellens, Wim, Ruud Zaalberg, and Philippe De Maeyer. “The Informed Society: An Analysis of the Public’s Information-seeking Behavior Regarding Coastal Flood Risks.” RISK ANALYSIS 32.8 (2012): 1369–1381. Print.