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https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2018-336
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https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2018-336
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Review article 04 Dec 2018

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Flood Risk in a Range of Spatial Perspectives – from Global to Local

Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz1,2, Buda Su1,3, Yanjun Wang1, Guojie Wang1, Guofu Wang3, and Tong Jiang1,3 Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz et al.
  • 1Collaborative Innovation Center on Forecast and Evaluation of Meteorological Disasters/Institute for Disaster Risk Management (iDRM), Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), Nanjing, China
  • 2Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan, Poland
  • 3National Climate Center, China Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China

Abstract. The present paper examines flood risk (composed of hazard, exposure and vulnerability) in a range of spatial perspectives – from the global to the local scale. It deals with observed records, noting that flood damage has been increasing. It also tackles projections for the future, related to flood hazard and flood losses. There are multiple factors driving flood hazard and flood risk and there is a considerable uncertainty in our assessments, and particularly in projections for the future. Further, this paper analyses options for flood risk reduction in several spatial dimensions, from global framework to regional to local scales. It is necessary to continue examination of the updated records of flood-related indices, trying to search for changes that influence flood hazard and flood risk in river basins.

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Considering flood risk composed of hazard, exposure and vulnerability from the global to the local scale, this manuscript reviewed and presented increasing observed flood losses and projections of flood hazard and losses. We acknowledge existence of multiple driving factors and of considerable uncertainty, in particular with regards to projections for the future. Finally, this paper analyses options for flood risk reduction from global framework to regional to local scales.
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