Sense-making for anticipatory adaptation to heavy snowstorms in urban areas

Anton Shkaruba, Hanna Skryhan, Viktar Kireyeu

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This paper takes a case of Xavier snowstorm of March 15-16, 2013 in two Belarusian cities of Minsk and Mahilioᅭ, and uses it to demonstrate how failures in communication in organisation hamper adaptation to an extreme weather event even in such a snow-proof society as Belarus. Highly hierarchical governance by the state causes a number of institutional misfits and interplays resulting in major implementation and decision making deficits; for the same reason governmental organisations have limited capacity to learn and prepare for future adaptations. Non-state actors were reluctant to take pro-active approach on the phase of post-disaster sense-making, although they demonstrated strong leadership and selforganisation during the storm. Except generic governance issues in Belarus, this also can be due to mal-resilient institutional legacies lasting from USSR times.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636-649
Number of pages14
JournalUrban Climate
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2015

Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies
  • Atmospheric Science


  • Adaptive governance
  • Anticipatory adaptation
  • Extreme weather events
  • Urban infrastructure


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