Flash floods and urban flooding

Coming to Johannesburg: weather stations for climate (change) adaptation and awareness!

A large number of automatic weather stations of the Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory will be rolled out over Southern Africa. The first one was opened in Johannesburg on 14 July 2017.

Don’t pave your gardens. We need them to control urban flooding

Presented by UK urban flood risk specialists at the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference in Glasgow in June 2017.

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Local adaptation to climate change varies across Europe, from north to south, and east to west

Presented by Francisca Aguiar of the University of Lisbon at the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference in Glasgow in June 2017.

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Planning for climate change in Italian cities: barriers, opportunities and future perspectives

Presented by Filomena Pietrapertosa of the National Research Council of Italy at the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference in Glasgow in June 2017.

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Stronger weather fronts over Europe induce more extreme weather

Extreme weather events are frequently associated with the passage of large-scale fronts. The number of extremely strong fronts is increasing, and so are precipitation extremes.

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Green versus engineering: climate-proofing urban storm water networks calls for tailor-made solutions

More vegetation may be effective as an integral component of storm water adaptation measures to mitigate climate change-induced flooding. The extent varies from one urban area to another, however.

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First climate models were right: heavy rainfall events are increasing

The first climate models were right. In 1989 a future increase in the frequency of heavy rainfall events was projected for the first time. Now, heavy rainfall events are increasing indeed.

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Dangerous beauties. Risks and opportunities of new lakes formed by melting glaciers

Melt water of shrinking glaciers forms new lakes by filling up depressions in the landscape. New opportunities arise for hydropower, tourism, and freshwater supply. But new risks arise as well.

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70% of Europe’s flood casualties are due to flash floods, and the number of flash floods increases

Trends of increasing numbers of flash floods in, for instance, Spain agree with the IPCC hypothesis about the increase in both torrential events and people’s vulnerability and exposure to floods.

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The green revolution in urban drainage

Experiences in Copenhagen, New York, London, Rotterdam and Amsterdam shared at the Adaptation Futures Conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, May 2016

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It seems to rain harder in the Czech Republic, but is it due to climate change?

In recent decades, both several large-scale flood and severe flash floods resulting from extreme short-term (sub-daily) precipitation have affected Central Europe.

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How to turn flash floods into a resource

At many places climate change both increases droughts and heavy rainfall. Too little and too much water are part of the same problem. They may be part of the same solution too

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Flash flood in Russian town Krymsk in 2012 most likely caused by climate change

In July 2012 extreme rainfall caused a flash flood near the Black Sea town of Krymsk that killed over 170 people. The daily precipitation total exceeded all previous

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Copenhagen pluvial and coastal flood risk now and in the future

In Denmark, the need for rapid reaction has been exacerbated by a large increase in the number of extreme precipitation events. These events have resulted in pluvial flooding

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Changing global patterns of urban exposure to flood and drought hazards

With respect to high-frequency flood zones, including exposure to both coastal and river floods, in 2000 about 30% of the global urban land was located in these zones; by 2030, this will reach 40%.

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Future flash floods in the Llobregat River basin, Spain

The Llobregat River basin in the eastern part of Catalonia (northeast of Spain) has all the specific characteristics to develop severe flash floods

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Forest fires and their impact on flash floods

Mediterranean regions are subject to violent flash floods that could be intensified in the future due to forest fire and/or climate change ...

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Adaptation to climate change impacts on urban storm water

Problems with efficient dewatering following heavy rainfall events are not uncommon already today, e.g. because of urbanization beyond the system capacity ...

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