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Changes in Flood Risk in Europe

1st Edition

Edited by Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz

CRC Press

544 pages

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This book delivers a wealth of information on changes in flood risk in Europe, and considers causes for change. The temporal coverage is mostly focused on post-1900 events, reflecting the typical availability of data, but some information on earlier flood events is also included.


The book provides challenging data for an audience whose interest is in controlling water and perhaps, especially, for those involved with the “Building – Working – Engineering with Nature” movements.

The stated aim of the book is to make as much national information as possible available to a broad, international readership so that comparisons, syntheses and knowledge exchange can lead to a better understanding of what future flood risks may be and how we can best prepare for them.

Terra et Aqua, Number 128, September 2012, p30

Table of Contents


Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz


Changes in Flood Risk – Setting the Stage

Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Erich J. Plate, Harvey J. E. Rodda, John C. Rodda, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber & Witold G. Strupczewski

Catalogue of Large Floods in Europe in the 20th Century

Adam Choryński, Iwona Pińskwar, Wolfgang Kron, G. Robert Brakenridge & Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz

Large-scale Flooding in Europe, 1961–2005

Christel Prudhomme, Simon Parry, Marie Genevier, Jamie Hannaford & Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz

Changing Floods in Europe

Iwona Pińskwar, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Pascal Peduzzi, G. Robert Brakenridge, Kerstin Stahl & Jamie Hannaford

Changes in Intense Precipitation in Europe

Olga Zolina

Historical Floods in Europe in the Past Millennium

Rudolf Brázdil, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Gerardo Benito, Gaston Demarée, Neil Macdonald & Lars A. Roald


Floods in Austria

Günter Blöschl, Ralf Merz, Juraj Parajka, José Salinas & Alberto Viglione

Floods in the Czech Republic

R. Brázdil, L. Řezníčková, M. Havlíček & L. Elleder

Floods in France

Ignazio Giuntoli, Benjamin Renard & Michel Lang

Flood Risk from a Holistic Perspective – Observed Changes in Germany

Fred F. Hattermann, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Shaochun Huang, Tobias Vetter, Wolfgang Kron, Olaf Burghoff, Bruno Merz, Axel Bronstert, Valentina Krysanova, Friedrich-Wilhelm Gerstengarbe, Peter Werner & Ylva Hauf

Floods in Greece

D. Koutsoyiannis, N. Mamassis, A. Efstratiadis, N. Zarkadoulas & I. Markonis

Floods in Iceland

Árni Snorrason, Bergur Einarsson, Emmanuel Pagneux, Jórunn Harðardóttir, Matthew J. Roberts, Oddur Sigurðsson, Óðinn Thórarinsson, Philippe Crochet, Tómas Jóhannesson & Thorsteinn Thorsteinsson

Flood Risk in Italy

Paola Salvati, Cinzia Bianchi, Mauro Rossi & Fausto Guzzetti

Floods in The Netherlands

J. K. Vrijling

Floods in Norway

Lars Andreas Roald

Floods in Poland

Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Andrzej Dobrowolski, Halina Lorenc, Tadeusz Niedźwiedź, Iwona Pińskwar & Piotr Kowalczak

Floods in Switzerland

Petra Schmocker-Fackel & Felix Naef

Flood Risk in the UK: Evidence of Change and Management Responses

Jamie Hannaford & Jim W. Hall

Floods in the Alpine Areas of Europe

Antoine Bard, Benjamin Renard & Michel Lang

Floods in the Iberian Peninsula

Gerardo Benito & Maria J. Machado


Detection of Changes

Sheng Yue, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz & Linghui Wang

Detection and Attribution of Climate Change and Its Impacts

Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz & Wolfgang Cramer

Detection and Attribution of Changes in Water Resources

Dieter Gerten, Wolfgang Lucht & Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz

Detection and Attribution of Changes in Flood Hazard and Risk

Bruno Merz, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Jose Delgado, Yeshewa Hundecha & Heidi Kreibich

Changing Flood Risk – A Re-insurer’s Viewpoint

Wolfgang Kron

Projections of Flood Risk in Europe

Christel Prudhomme, Jennifer Williamson, Simon Parry & Jamie Hannaford

About the Editor

Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz is an authority on floods and climate change, works closely with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change), is a member of the Advisory Board on the Environment of the European Union Seventh Framework Programme, and is the co-editor of Hydrological Sciences Journal. He is a Corresponding Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS), Professor of Earth Sciences and Head of the Department of Climate and Water Resources at the Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment, PAS, Poznan, Poland, and an associate of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply