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JOURNAL: Volume 14, No. 1, 2024, p. 103-115

HEADING: Regional problems

AUTHORS: Savvinova, A.N., Gavrilyeva, T.N., Parfenova, O.T., Filippova, V.V., Tananaev, N.I.

ORGANIZATIONS: . . Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University, Institute for Humanities Research and Indigenous Studies of the North of Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2024-1-103-115

UDC: 316.334.5

The article was received on: 04.08.2023

Keywords: flood, risk management, survey, hydrological risks, public safety, risk mitigation practices, vulnerability of communities

Bibliographic description: Savvinova, A.N., Gavrilyeva, T.N., Parfenova, O.T., Filippova, V.V., Tananaev, N.I. Public perception of hydrological risks and flood damage mitigation practices in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Arktika: ekologiya i ekonomika. [Arctic: Ecology and Economy], 2024, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 103-115. DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2024-1-103-115. (In Russian).


Floods are the most destructive natural disaster. Due to predicted climate change, hydrological risks will increase in the North and the Arctic, which makes residents of these regions vulnerable. The population of flood-prone areas is aware of the potential flooding, but is not always prepared for it, just like the management system. The article presents the results of a survey conducted in eight settlements of Yakutia previously affected by floods, half of which are located in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. The researchers reveal that the perception of hydrological risks by the population is influenced by the amount of damage suffered during the last flood, and the assessment of the effectiveness of various levels of management during the flood and at the recovery stage is influenced by the amount and form of its compensation.

Finance info: The study was carried out as part of the II stage of the Program for Integrated scientific research in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) under State Contract No. 8420 dated June 20, 2022 between the State Budgetary Institution Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and FSBI Institute of Mechanical Engineering of the Siberian Branch of RAS, research topic Management of water resources and hydrological risks in the North-East of the Russian Federation. Stage 1.


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