In the past thirty years, knowledge on flooding has greatly increased by moving away from purely hydrological and hydraulic science and opening up to other disciplines such as economics or human and geographical sciences.
It is as part of this multidisciplinary approach that this book proposes a review of current knowledge on flood risk. It starts with the ever-increasing impact of flooding in order to conceptualize and understand the constituents of risk.
Although risk knowledge in modeling methods or naturalist approaches remains essential, it is further developed by the fields of economics, human sciences, geography, environmental psychology and history.
This integrated approach to flood risk contextualizes current conclusions on the eventual effects of climate change by showing that human factors are of paramount importance in understanding the process of “risk production”.
Part 1. The Impacts of Floods
1. Analysis of Major Flood Events: Collapse of the Malpasset Dam, December 1959.
2. Observation and Measurement of Losses Due to Flooding.
3. Flood Impacts on Loss of Life and Human Health.
4. Flood-related Impacts on Cultural Heritage.
5. Natech Events Triggered by Floods: When Floods Cause Technological Accidents.
Part 2. The Knowledge of Flood Hazards
6. Techniques and Instruments to Aid in the Monitoring of Flood Events.
7. Flood Hydrology Processes and Their Variabilities.
8. Hydrodynamic Modeling to Characterize Floods and Predict Their Impacts.
9. Evolution of River Channels and Floods: A Short- to Long-Term Perspective.
10. Hydrogeomorphology: Recognition and Evolution of the Flood Phenomenon.
11. Structures for Flood Defense and Management.
12. Coastal Surges.
Part 3. Flooded People and Lands: Human Drivers of Flood Impacts
13. The Contribution of Historical Data for the Understanding of Floods and Risk Prevention.
14. Assessing Vulnerability to Flooding: Progress and Limitations.
15. Toward a Process of Resilience Implementation: Capacities, Models and Strategies.
16. Cities at Risk from Water: Between Vulnerability and Resilience.
17. Networks in the Face of Flooding.
Part 4. The Future
18. Flood Regimes: Recent Development and Future Under Climate Change.
19. Changes in Flood Risk: Retrospective and Prospective Approach.
Freddy Vinet is Professor of Geography at Paul Valéry University in Montpellier, France and co-director of the Gestion des catastrophes et des risques naturels Masters course. His research focuses on the vulnerability of populations faced with flooding and the evaluation of prevention measures.
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