Community resilience in a Danish coastal context : a case study of Løgstør and Thyborøn
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- Institutt for geografi 
Climate change in Denmark is estimated to result in increased precipitation, a rise in sea-level as well as more intense storms. As a result of this, small low-lying coastal communities will be particularly exposed to storm surges. This paper examines how well prepared to handle storm surges two Danish local communities, Løgstør and Thyborøn, are and how they can enhance their community resilience toward storm surges. This was done through field observations, interviews and a conceptual model applied to assess strengths and limitations of the two communities. The focus of this study is on four dimensions of resilience, which are social capital, community capacity, information & communication and institutional capacity. Results from the study indicates that Løgstør is better prepared to handle storm surges than Thyborøn because their strengths are better equipped at preparing for and coping with an impact where as Thyborøn have strengths that are more suitable for a recovery phase. Findings further indicate that Thyborøn should focus on the information & communication dimension of resilience to enhance the community resilience and to improve the flow of information regarding storm surges and the planning process in the municipality to the local community should be the main focus. Løgstør can enhance their community resilience significantly by prioritizing the security over the amenity value and therefore raise the height of the seawall that is protecting the city.