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Flood Inundation Dynamics and Socioeconomic Vulnerability under Environmental Change

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

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClimate Vulnerability
Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding and Addressing Threats to Essential Resources
EditorsRoger Pielke
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780123847041
Published1 Apr 2013

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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.

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