flood risk management Articles

  • Flood risk management plans 1

    Flood risk management plans (FRMPs) contain an approach for saving or improving flood protection within a river basin. They shall address all aspects of flood risk management focusing on prevention, protection and preparedness (EC 2007). FRMPs include the conclusion of the preliminary flood risk assessment, the flood hazard maps and flood risk maps. Furthermore they should contain: description ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Quantification of increased flood risk due to global climate change for urban river management planning

    Global climate change is expected to affect future rainfall patterns. These changes should be taken into account when assessing future flooding risks. This study presents a method for quantifying the increase in flood risk caused by global climate change for use in urban flood risk management. Flood risk in this context is defined as the product of flood damage potential and the probability of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Flood and Coastal Risk Management - Case Study England

    The Environment Agency is the principal flood risk management operating authority. It has the power (but not the legal obligation) to manage flood risk from designated main rivers and the sea. These functions in relation to other rivers (defined as ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Floodplain management

    A SAWA case study by the Chamber of Agriculture, Lower Saxony (Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen), Germany. The study is related to the SAWA-Project "Flood control and prevention in cooperation with rural development to reduce the inundation risk on agricultural land." With the increase of extreme rainfall due to Climate Change, the issue of nutrients and pollutants distribution on farmlands ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Flood hazards in the headwaters area: lessons learned from a survey of households in the upper Myjava basin, Slovakia

    The aims of this paper are to present knowledge about the threat of flooding in the upper basins of the Myjava River, obtained using a questionnaire, and to identify the potential lessons for flood risk management. The questionnaire was designed to obtain information about households' experience with flooding, including the type of floods experienced, the locations of flooding, the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The efficiency of asset management strategies to reduce urban flood risk

    In this study, three asset management strategies were compared with respect to their efficiency to reduce flood risk. Data from call centres at two municipalities were used to quantify urban flood risks associated with three causes of urban flooding: gully pot blockage, sewer pipe blockage and sewer overloading. The efficiency of three flood reduction strategies was assessed based on their effect ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Urban flood risk assessment using sewer flooding databases

    Sustainable water management is a global challenge for the 21st century. One key aspect remains protection against urban flooding. The main objective is to ensure or maintain an adequate level of service for all inhabitants. However, level of service is still difficult to assess and the high-risk locations difficult to identify. In this article, we propose a methodology, which (i) allows water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • EEB and WWF comments on `European action on flood risk management` for Informal Environment Council

    The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and WWF recognise the opportunities offered by concerted European action on flood risk management in order to protect people and help in achieving environmentally sustainable water and land use planning. Therefore, we welcome the Dutch Presidency’s initiative to discuss flood risk management during the Informal Environment Council meeting in Maastricht on ...

  • Semantic model for flood management

    Risk assessment involves the study of vulnerability and hazards. When focused on flood events, such an analysis should evidently include the theoretical and practical study of floods and their behavior. Nevertheless, risk assessment is not useful if the results are not subsequently used for more effective management and planning by local authorities and qualified personnel. The risk evaluation ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Flood risks and environmental vulnerability — Exploring the synergies between floodplain restoration, water policies and thematic policies

    Nowadays floodplain areas are reduced in size or no longer function as active floodplains, thereby impacting on the delivery of environmental services to local and regional communities and economies. These services include regulating services such as protection against floods or water purification; provisioning services, such as nutrient collection and fertile soil formation; and cultural ...

  • Alleviating the flood risk of critical water supply sites: asset and system resilience

    Flooding can have severe impacts on the water supply services and adaptation responses for the provision of high-quality water supplies are necessary to cope with the risks exacerbated by climate change. This paper explores the planning process for adaptation strategies, emphasizing current research and modelling constraints and comparing resilience strategies. The flood hazard, vulnerability and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Flood mapping, a core component of European flood risk management

    Flood mapping is a crucial element of flood risk management. Directive 2007/60/EC on the assessment and management of flood risks will require Member States to prepare two types of maps by 2013. Flood hazard maps, showing the extent and expected water depths/levels of an area flooded in three scenarios, a low probability scenario or extreme events, in a medium probability scenario (at least with ...

  • The EU Floods Directive trickling down: tracing the ideas of integrated and participatory flood risk management in Sweden

    This study examines how the EU Floods Directive – an extensive and innovative legislative instrument for integrated and participatory flood risk planning in all EU member states – influences local flood risk management in one member state, Sweden. The study identifies that: many municipalities have received new knowledge; cross-sectoral organisational structures for water and flood risk issues ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Method for consequence curves as applied to flood risks

    This article summarises research intended to expand current study methodologies targeting flood risks with regard to specific issues and emergency preparedness requirements of municipalities. Various methods are currently available to predict the consequences of flooding risks. DOMINO is one such tool used to study flooding risks from natural events or from potential dam breaks. A complementary ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A review of decision support system applications in flood management

    There are several spatial problems in the water resources sector such as flood control and management, which can be managed efficiently if there is a case–based decision–making process. These types of problems need human intervention and amicable management is possible by decision making based on various possible alternatives. The recent advances in computational facilities, quick and real time ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Towards two-way flood risk communication: current practice in a community in the UK

    Despite the considerable progress in engineering works, flooding continues and is now recognized as a major and increasing challenge. This realisation has resulted in a shift in flood risk management from leaning heavily on structural measures to the incorporation of non-structural initiatives, such as communication about flood risks that is considerate of the diversity existing within ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Process design and management for integrated flood risk management: exploring the multi-layer safety approach for Dordrecht, The Netherlands

    New flood risk management policies account for climate and socio-economic change by embracing a more integrated approach. Their implementation processes require: collaboration between a group of stakeholders; combining objectives and funding from various policy domains; consideration of a range of possible options at all spatial scale levels and for various time horizons. Literature provides ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Risk-based zoning for urbanizing floodplains

    Urban floodplain development brings economic benefits and enhanced flood risks. Rapidly growing cities must often balance the economic benefits and increased risks of floodplain settlement. Planning can provide multiple flood mitigation and environmental benefits by combining traditional structural measures such as levees, increasingly popular landscape and design features (green ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Real-time urban flood forecasting and modelling – a state of the art

    All urban drainage networks are designed to manage a maximum rainfall. This situation implies an accepted flood risk for any greater rainfall event. This risk is often underestimated as factors such as city growth and climate change are ignored. But even major structural changes cannot guarantee that urban drainage networks would cope with all future rain events. Thus, being able to forecast ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Assessing national flood management using a sustainable flood management framework

    This paper presents a prototype framework for sustainable flood management at the national level which features stakeholder participation, and is modified and applied to a case study. Through literature reviews and an interview survey of South Korea (the case study country), the causes of recent flood damage are found to be heavy rainfall due to climate change, urbanization, insufficient channel ...


    By IWA Publishing

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