Examining flood risk awareness and adaptive capacity in an urban watershed in Puerto Rico.
Raúl Santiago-Bartolomei, PE, MP
In Puerto Rico, many communities of varying socioeconomic levels are settled in flood-prone areas. Climate change is likely to increase the intensity and frequency of rainfall, and thus result in higher frequency flooding. Institutional top-down measures might be insufficient to achieve a higher order of adaptive capacity. Cognitive factors, risk perception and perceived adaptive capacity, can positively influence people’s motivation to adjust to natural hazards such as floods.