(October 2012) Abstract submission Ya meeting on resilience, Vienna 2013
Cities are threatened by increasing flood risk. Currently, inadequate governance processes and land uses even exacerbate urban vulnerability to flooding. This reality calls for a new agenda: the "flood resilient city". The resilience concept - when applied to cities and flooding - is a way to tackle risk and uncertainty. Aim of the paper is to operationalize the theoretical notion of resilience, and suggest policy strategies for creating flood resilient cities. It presents a case study on Hamburg to determine to what extent flood resilience strategies are already embedded in practice. The paper will contribute to an emerging debate on defining resilience, and also to convert the concept into urban development practice.