This paper aims to understand how experience with the fringe effects of a cyclone influences perception of cyclone severity. Understanding how certain types of experience influences risk perception should help to clarify why there is an unclear link between experience and risk perception within the existing literature.
A total of 155 respondents with fringe cyclone experience were recruited to fill in a closed-ended question survey. The survey was designed to assess perceptions of a previous cyclone and future cyclone severity.
Most respondents who had experienced the fringe effects of a cyclone overestimated the wind speed in their location. Respondents who overestimated previous cyclone wind speed also predicted less damage from future Category 5 cyclones.
This research indicates that overestimating the severity of past cyclones can have a detrimental effect on how people predict damage due to high category cyclones.
The findings suggest that people with fringe cyclone experience need additional information to help reshape their perceptions of cyclone severity.
This paper provides a unique perspective on the relationship between experience and risk perception by demonstrating that experience on the fringe of a cyclone has a negative influence on risk perception.
Scovell, M., McShane, C., Swinbourne, A. and Smith, D. (2020), "How fringe cyclone experience affects predictions of damage severity", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-07-2019-0228Download as .RIS
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