Johnson, R.M and Edwards, E (2014) A re-evaluation of the 1994 Phojal Nalla flood: physical & societal impacts. In: Riddell Faculty Seminar Series, 25 November 2014, University of Manitoba, Canada.

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Coping with natural hazards is part of everyday life in the Himalayan region of Northern India where expanding populations and ever growing pressure on land use and resources are modifying local vulnerability and risk from mountain flood and slope instability events. This short presentation examines new and ongoing research that enables an updated reconstruction of a catastrophic flood event that occurred in the Phojal Nalla catchment in August 1994. New insights have allowed further exploration of the ongoing impacts of this event on local communities by examination of the heritage-vulnerability-resilience relationship. An important objective of this research is to explore whether vulnerability-resilience may be enhanced through the development of cultural heritage in which social, economic and environmental capital can facilitate awareness, coping and adaptation to natural hazard events. Accordingly, this presentation considers physical reconstructions, community heritage conditions and societal responses to the flood trauma in terms of tangible and intangible factors through integrated physical science and social science methodologies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Keywords: Indian Himalaya, Flood, Hazard, Risk, Resilience, Development
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 16:52
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 14:11
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