Title: Climate Change and Floods in Europe
Citation: Climate Change Impacts on the Water Cycle, Resources and Quality Research-Policy Interface, Scientific and policy report (EUR 22422) vol. Climate Change and Natural Hazards series 8, EUR 22422, ISBN 92-79-03314-X p. 37-43
Publisher: Directorate-General for Research
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC36672
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC36672
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Floods are the most common natural disaster in Europe. Recent advances in climate modelling suggest that global warming will intensify the hydrological cycle and increase the magnitude and frequency of intense precipitation events in most parts of Europe, especially in the central and northern parts. This will likely contribute to an increase in flood hazard triggered by intense rain, particularly the occurrence of flash floods. Flood hazard may also rise during wetter and warmer winters, with increasingly more frequent rain and less frequent snow. On the other hand, ice-jam and early spring snowmelt floods are likely to reduce because of warming. This paper addresses the state-of-the-art on the assessment of flood risk in Europe under a changing climate, as well as on adaptation measures. We list some important research challenges and detail the European dimension in flood risk management.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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