The use of public open spaces to enhance the coastal urban cities' resilience to tsunamis

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Abstract

Tsunami is a rapid-onset natural hazard that can be considered as one of the extremely destructive hazards. Depending on the location of the origin of Tsunami, there can be limited time available to evacuate people to safe places and to make appropriate response decisions in timely manner. Therefore, it is imperative to increase the inherent capacity of a city to respond this type of a natural hazard. Planning and designing spatial elements are one of the directives to increase the inherent capacity of a city to resist, absorb, accommodate and recover from the effects of a Tsunami. Accordingly, this research paper emphasizes the importance of public open spaces as one of the key spatial elements of a city which can be used as a strategy to enhance the coastal urban cities’ resilience to Tsunamis, as an agent of recovery, as a mode to provide essential life support, as a primary place to rescue, shelters and potential for adaptive response. Moreover, this ongoing research study analyses the current literature on use of public open spaces for Tsunami resilience and also the current problems and issues associated with it. Finally, the analysis suggests set of recommendations to enhance the use of public open spaces to increase the coastal urban cities’ resilience to Tsunamis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Building Resilience
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Resilience to Address the Unexpected
EditorsNiluka Domingo, Suzanne Wilkinson
Place of PublicationAukland
PublisherMassey University
Pages1022-1030
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780473372682
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventThe 6th International Building Resilience Conference 2016: Building Resilience to Address the Unexpected - University of Auckland , Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 7 Sep 20169 Sep 2016
Conference number: 6
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ConferenceThe 6th International Building Resilience Conference 2016
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period7/09/169/09/16
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Jayakody, C., Amaratunga, D., & Haigh, R. (2016). The use of public open spaces to enhance the coastal urban cities' resilience to tsunamis. In N. Domingo, & S. Wilkinson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Building Resilience: Building Resilience to Address the Unexpected (pp. 1022-1030). Aukland: Massey University.