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Research article 17 Jan 2019

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SMC-Floods database: A high resolution press database on floods for the Spanish Mediterranean Coast (1960–2015)

Salvador Gil-Guirado1,2, Alfredo Pérez-Morales2, and Francisco Lopez-Martinez2 Salvador Gil-Guirado et al.
  • 1Interuniversity Institute of Geography, University of Alicante, P.O. Box 99, 03080 Alicante, Spain
  • 2Department of Geography, University of Murcia, Campus de la Merced, 30001 Murcia, Spain

Abstract. Floods are the natural disaster that affects the greatest number of people and causes the highest economic losses in the world. However, some areas, such as the Mediterranean Coast of the Iberian Peninsula, are especially exposed to this natural hazard. The problem takes on even more relevance when a changing social dynamic is added to the natural context. With a view to accomplishing correct spatial planning in the light of the flood hazard, it is necessary to carry out an exhaustive analysis of the spatiotemporal variability of floods with a scale of analysis that allows the detection of changes and the search for causality. Databases compiled from journalistic documentation offer these possibilities of analysis and represent a vital tool for correct spatial planning.

In this study we present the SMC (Spanish Mediterranean Coast)-Flood Database for the municipalities of the Mediterranean coast of mainland Spain. This database has enabled the reconstruction of 3008 cases of flooding on a municipal scale and with daily resolution, with information on the type of damages, intensity and area affected. The spatiotemporal analysis of the data reveals black spots where floods are especially intense and damaging, compared to highly-developed areas where the frequency of the floods is very high. This situation is especially worrying, insofar as we have detected a growing trend in the frequency and area affected by floods. However, it is positive that the intensity and severity of the floods follows a falling trend. The main novelty lies in the fact that the high-resolution spatial analysis has made it possible to detect a clear latitudinal gradient of growing intensity and severity with a north–south direction. This pattern subjects the coastal municipalities of the south of Spain to a complicated adaptation scenario.

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In this study the SMC-Flood Database for the municipalities of the Mediterranean coast of mainland Spain is presented. This database has enabled the reconstruction of 3008 cases of flooding on a municipal scale between 1960 and 2015. The data analysis reveals a growing trend in the frequency and area affected by floods. The main novelty lies in the fact that we have detected a clear latitudinal gradient of growing intensity and severity of floods with a north–south direction.
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