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Research Conducted by X.L. Xie and Co-Researchers Has Updated Our Knowledge about Physical Geography

June 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Current study results on Physical Geography have been published. According to news reporting from Beijing, People's Republic of China, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Shanghai is a megacity located in a hazard-prone region, but one in which local residents have not actively engaged in disaster risk management. This paper aims to identify factors of perception that influence residents' propensity to adopt risk-mitigating measures."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research, "It presents results of a structured questionnaire survey administered to Shanghai residents. Results show that risk-mitigating measures are deemed to be important if people: (1) have frequently experienced extreme weather; (2) believe that extreme weather events are severe in Shanghai; and (3) are concerned about other public risks confronting international society, such as energy security and terrorism. It is important to note that the third point has resulted in greater impacts than the other two factors. A cultural explanation is offered in this paper. Public risk awareness emanates from a generic concern over the security of the human world. This generic concern acts as a socio-cultural backdrop that contextualises the ways in which individuals respond to natural hazards. The significance of this factor indicates the need for broadening the analytical scope of risk perception research in China."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "These findings are useful for local policymakers, emergency managers and community and aid organisations seeking to develop creative strategies for risk education and communication."

For more information on this research see: Generic security concern influencing individual response to natural hazards: evidence from Shanghai, China. Area, 2014;46(2):194-202. Area can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell -; Area -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting X.L. Xie, Chinese Academy Social Sci, Res Center Chinese Borderland Hist & Geog, Beijing, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include A.Y. Lo, Y. Zheng, J.H. Pan and J. Luo (see also Physical Geography).

Keywords for this news article include: Beijing, Physical Geography, People's Republic of China

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