University of Oulu

Tomasz Opach, Sabrina Scherzer, Päivi Lujala & Jan Ketil Rød (2020) Seeking commonalities of community resilience to natural hazards: A cluster analysis approach, Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography, DOI: 10.1080/00291951.2020.1753236

Seeking commonalities of community resilience to natural hazards : a cluster analysis approach

Saved in:
Author: Opach, Tomasz1,2; Scherzer, Sabrina1; Lujala, Päivi3,1;
Organizations: 1Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
2Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University, SE-581 53 Linköping, Sweden
3Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 8000, FI-900014 Oulu Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 4.2 MB)
Persistent link:
Language: English
Published: Informa, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-05-07


The aim of the study on which the article is based was to identify groups of communities with similar resilience profiles, using Norwegian municipalities as a case. The authors used a set of socioeconomic and environmental indicators as measures of municipalities’ resilience and performed a cluster analysis to divide the municipalities into groups with similar multivariate resilience signatures. The results revealed six groups of municipalities that, apart from their unique combinations of indicator scores, featured certain spatial patterns, such as an “urban cluster” with urbanized municipalities and a “suburban cluster” with municipalities concentrated around major cities. The authors conclude that municipalities in each of the groups shared aspects that made them either more or less resilient to natural hazards, which could make them potential targets for shared interventions. Additionally, the authors conclude that clustering can be used to identify municipalities with similar resilience features and that could benefit from networking and sharing operational planning as a way to improve their respective communities’ resilience to natural hazards.

see all

Series: Norsk geografisk tidsskrift. Norwegian journal of geography
ISSN: 0029-1951
ISSN-E: 1502-5292
ISSN-L: 0029-1951
Volume: In press
DOI: 10.1080/00291951.2020.1753236
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Funding: This work was supported by the project “Climate change, and natural hazards: The geography of community resilience in Norway” (ClimRes), funded by the Research Council of Norway’s KLIMAFORSK program (Grant number NRC 235490). It was also supported by the Research Council of Norway's funding for research stays abroad (Grant number NRC 250028).
Copyright information: © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.