Socioeconomic implications and protection strategies of flooding in Prague, Czech Republic
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With weather events becoming more intense, governments need to take extra precautions to make their cities and regions more resilient to these climate change related disasters. Disaster prevention and response requires a tremendous amount of financial support and often requires more resources than a city is capable of providing on its own. Therefore, the governments must make decisions when allocating these resources. Priorities must be established. This research paper aims to determine whether or not certain districts of Prague face more flood damages than other areas. The research attempts to determine if there is a correlation between the socioeconomic status of the district and the amount of flood damage it receives. I was able to determine that flood levels in each district for 2002 and 2013 is telling in the Czech government’s potential flood protection strategies. The area that received the most flooding, Prague 16, received much less flooding in 2013. This suggests that this area may have been heavily protected. Prague 1 also received less flooding. This area, the city center (for business and tourism) would have been one of the most protected areas for the 2013 floods. Prague 7, with the highest numbers, only changed slightly between the two years (change of 9.3%). This suggests that more precautionary protection measures should be put into place in order to prevent these high damages for the next major flood.