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Influences of place characteristics on hazards, perception and response: a case study of the hazardscape of the Wellington Region, New Zealand

Shabana Khan, MJ Crozier, David Kennedy



The biophysical characteristics of a place not only bring variations in natural hazards, but also influence people's associated perception and response to the hazard. Although these influences are noted in the literature, their relationship has been less explored for planning hazard mitigation and disaster response. This paper evaluates the role of place in a hazardscape by using a case study of the Wellington Region, New Zealand. The study explores the differences between the physical and perceived susceptibility to natural hazards and how this affects people's response to a hazard. The analysis is based on a questionnaire survey and interviews conducted with local people. It finds that dis..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful for the research grant provided by the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington to support this paper. We also give our sincere thanks to the Greater Wellington Regional Council, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research and Victoria University of Wellington for data supply, friends for helping with the field work and the local people of the Wellington Region for giving their precious time and generous response. The authors are also grateful to Dr. Dallice Sim for providing statistical guidance and to the anonymous reviewers for their comments and suggestions for this manuscript which helped to improve this paper.