Sustainable Land Use Planning in Areas Exposed to Flooding: Some International Experiences

Anna Ribas Palom, David Saurí Pujol, Jorge Olcina Cantos

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© 2017 ISTE Press Ltd Published by Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved. Floods, in all their distinct varieties, have become the natural hazard of greatest impact around the globe. These phenomena once constituted natural processes more or less integrated in the everyday life of traditional societies for which they were many times a resource in the form of water, fertile lands and a plethora of other biotic components of interest to humans. More recently, however, they have become a problem in modern urban societies which fear them for their cost in human lives and economic-non-economic assets. Permanent and intense occupation of "territories of risk" has increased exposure to floods especially where these territories coincide with areas of high demographic and economic growth such as coastal strips which, on the other hand, may border river deltas or lie exposed to storm surges. To this we must add the likely increase in episodes of extreme rainfall and high river flows pointed at by climatic and hydrological models for many regions of the earth as a consequence of climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFloods
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2017


  • Dykes
  • Escalator effect
  • Exposure and vulnerability reduction
  • Hydraulic works
  • Living with risk
  • Room for rivers
  • Sustainable Land


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