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Flood Risk Change
A Complexity Perspective
1st Edition - August 30, 2022
Author: Andreas Paul Zischg
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Flood Risk Change: A Complexity Perspective focuses on the dynamic nature of flood risks and follows a systemic approach - including environmental, socioeconomic and… Read more
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Flood Risk Change: A Complexity Perspective focuses on the dynamic nature of flood risks and follows a systemic approach - including environmental, socioeconomic and socio-technical factors for modeling and managing flood risk change. Readers will gain a more complete picture of the topic for understanding the complexity of flood risk change, both from human and natural causes of flooding. The book includes a mix of theory (introduction to complex system science from the flood risk management perspective) and case studies. It features maps and figures focusing on the system components as well as on the dynamic interactions between the drivers of change.
Researchers studying flood risk, environmental engineering, disaster risk reduction, and land use, as well as those in industry and responsible for policy, will find this an invaluable resource.
Comprehensive overview of key drivers of change, including both natural drivers and socioeconomic drivers
Presents different modeling frameworks and setups for considering complexity in flood risk analysis and management
Includes both theoretical research and practical applications as told through case studies
Academic departments: flood risk research, environmental engineering, geography, disaster risk reduction, land use science. Industries: Public authorities at local, national and international levels
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Key drivers of flood risk change
Principles of flood risk analysis
Environmental changes in the upstream catchment
Environmental changes in the floodplain
Coevolution of key drivers of change
Chapter 3. Disentangling drivers of change
Analysis and modeling framework
Analyzing the effects of feedback and time lags on flood risk change
Chapter 4. Rivers and floodplains as complex adaptive systems?
Characteristics of complex systems
Long-term evolution of floodplains seen from a complex systems perspective
Complexity of flood risk change
Trajectories and pathways of flood risk evolution
Sensitivity to climatic changes—short-term future pathways
Chapter 5. Modeling spatiotemporal dynamics of flood risk change
Examples of flood risk change analysis
Modeling framework for considering complexity in the analysis of flood risk change
Development of coupled component models
Perspectives of coupled component models in hydrology
Chapter 6. Confronting complexity in flood risk management
A new perspective on flood risks
Levers for controlling flood risk in the long term
Implications for flood risk research and management
No. of pages: 314
Published: August 30, 2022
Paperback ISBN: 9780128220115
eBook ISBN: 9780128230107
Andreas Paul Zischg
Andreas Paul Zischg is a geographer by training and has worked for many years in flood risk research and flood risk management. He was a consultant for public authorities responsible for water resources management, flood risk management, land use planning, and environmental protection and has built experience in adapting disciplinary government practices to the complex challenges of our times, e.g. by developing transdisciplinary and participative planning processes, adaptive management approaches, and by introducing participatory modelling framework in decision making processes. In these years, he acknowledged the urgent need for methods that enable us to consider, confront, and tackle the complexity inherent in solving current problems. Currently, he is a senior scientist at the University of Bern, Switzerland. His research focuses on the development of coupled component modelling frameworks for analysing and modelling complex processes and changes that are shaping flood risks in the Anthropocene.