Flood Inundation Dynamics and Socioeconomic Vulnerability under Environmental Change

Y. He*, F. Pappenberger, D. Manful, H. Cloke, P. Bates, F. Wetterhall, B. Parkes

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Abstract

Floods are a major threat to human existence and historically have both caused the collapse of civilizations and forced the emergence of new cultures. The physical processes of flooding are complex. Increased population, climate variability, change in catchment and channel management, modified landuse and land cover, and natural change of floodplains and river channels all lead to changes in flood dynamics, and as a direct or indirect consequence, social welfare of humans. Section 5.16.1 explores the risks and benefits brought about by floods and reviews the responses of floods and floodplains to climate and landuse change. Section 5.08.2 reviews the existing modeling tools, and the top-down and bottom-up modeling frameworks that are used to assess impacts on future floods. Section 5.08.3 discusses changing flood risk and socioeconomic vulnerability based on current trends in emerging or developing countries and presents an alternative paradigm as a pathway to resilience. Section 5.08.4 concludes the chapter by stating a portfolio of integrated concepts, measures, and avant-garde thinking that would be required to sustainably manage future flood risk.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClimate Vulnerability: Understanding and Addressing Threats to Essential Resources
PublisherJAI-Elsevier Science Inc
Pages241-255
Number of pages15
Volume5
ISBN (Print)9780123847041
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Flood inundation dynamics
  • Flood risk
  • Flood vulnerability
  • Harnessing floods
  • Impact studies
  • Living with floods
  • Model cascade
  • Two-faced flood
  • Uncertainties

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