Flood Risk Management

Assessment for prevention with hydro-economic approaches

Authored by: Sébastien Foudi , Nuria Osés-Eraso

Routledge Handbook of the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation

Print publication date:  January  2014
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415633116
eBook ISBN: 9780203095201
Adobe ISBN: 9781136212123

10.4324/9780203095201.ch16

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Abstract

A warmer climate, with its increased climate variability, will increase the risk of floods (Parry et al. 2007). Indeed, a warmer climate will increase evaporation and the intensity of water cycling, and a warmer atmosphere can hold more water vapour and has a higher energy potential. As a consequence, rainfall should be more intense, and extreme events should be more frequent (Kundzewick and Schellnhuber 2004). Such changes are not far future projections. Climate modification has already been observed: the frequency of great floods has increased during the twentieth century (Milly et al. 2002).

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