In many places in the world the effects of common floods are increased by climate change. In the area around the Indonesian city of Semarang, the number and effects of tidal flooding are becoming more and more severe. We found that the inhabitants used different strategies against the impact of flooding. In both the existing and the predicted flood prone areas, most people appear not to intend to leave the area, even when the floods become everyday routine. People are connected to their dwellings in a way that abandoning is not a realistic scenario. This study provides relevant information about the way people in the affected areas perceive flood risks and adaptation opportunities. Governmental policy-makers and urban planners could base their strategies and actions on this information. © 2011 The Authors. Journal of Flood Risk Management

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Harwitasari, D, & van Ast, J.A. (2011). Climate change adaptation in practice: People's responses to tidal flooding in Semarang, Indonesia. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 4(3), 216–233. doi:10.1111/j.1753-318X.2011.01104.x