ENVS 220 (Environmental Analysis), Spring 2020
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Our project is about how the people and institutions of Venice are reacting to increased flooding due to climate change. There is a growing body of research on the non-material impacts of climate crises, including mental health issues and the exacerbation of social divides among at-risk and minority populations. Our project approaches these issues in two ways. For a broad understanding, we found out about social impacts around the world and how population demographics and adaptive strategies contribute to residents’ perspectives. In order to situate our research, we collected information on how flooding occurs in Italy as a physical threat to habitats, private property, and infrastructure. This includes adaptive approaches taken by Venice. Continuing research will explore how Venetians specifically are experiencing shifts in perspective and how social factors are affecting flood risk management plans.
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Framing Question: How do social factors play a role in managing risk and recovery from flooding?
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Focus Question: How is Venice responding to increased flood risks due to climate change?
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