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Laine, R. & Cook, C. (2014). Let me be learned: decision support aiding public participation. 6th International Conference on Flood Management (pp. 1-12). Brazil: Brazilian Water Resource Association.


With best practice flood risk management processes rightly emphasising the need for a collaborative, transparent and inclusive approach to improve community resilience, this paper explores a new Engagement Decision Support System (EDSS) as a mechanism to assist in this process. This paper presents the need, theory and development of a flood risk management EDSS and presents trial results, where the tool has been successfully utilised for three catchments in New South Wales, Australia. The results from these trials indicate that a well-structured, engagement focused decision support system can provide a mechanism for and empower the public to learn about, prioritise and make informed decisions about floodplain management options for their local catchment in a transparent objective facilitated process.

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6th International Conference on Flood Management