Areas at Risk – Concept and Methods for Urban Flood Risk Assessment

A Case Study of Santiago de Chile

Areas at Risk – Concept and Methods for Urban Flood Risk Assessment

A Case Study of Santiago de Chile

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Urban expansion and associated land-use changes increase both flood hazards and exposure. This book provides a conceptual and methodological framework for the analysis of urban flood risk in dynamic and complex settings, and proposes a comprehensive, system-oriented, integrated approach for its assessment.

The risk assessment is carried out using case-specific indicators on the sub-city scale in two municipalities of Santiago de Chile. Relevant information is derived from various geodata sources, and together with explorative scenarios, is used to estimate future risk development. All data about hazard, elements at risk, and their vulnerability are compiled to a GIS-based risk map to join the risk-relevant components, to show their interrelations, and to provide a tool for monitoring and evaluating their changes over time. Finally, previous deficits in flood risk prevention and mitigation are outlined and recommendations on risk reduction are made.

"The study by A. Müller is amply furnished with relevant materials, underlining the detailed and clearly structured text and its two appendices. 75 figures and more than 40 tables support the well-written text and must be seen as indispensable parts of the scientific argumentation. This holds especially true for the almost 40 coloured maps, diagrams and satellite images, mostly concentrating on the two regional case studies. A comprehensive bibliography provides additional food for thought – and for further reading. Altogether: A valuable example of German megacity research!"

Eckart Ehlers, Erdkunde 66, 2012/4

"[This book] presents a comprehensive and rigorous methodology to analyse and assess flood risk in Santiago de Chile. […] Urban planners, policy-makers and academic researchers working in the general area of urban flood analysis and assessment will find this book to be a useful addition to their reading list or reference library."

Shivanand Balram,
Reihe Megacities and Global Change / Megastädte und globaler Wandel
Band 3
ISBN 978-3-515-10092-2
Medientyp Buch - Kartoniert
Auflage 1.
Copyrightjahr 2012
Umfang 265 Seiten
Abbildungen 43 s/w Tab., 75 z.T. farb. Abb.
Format 17,0 x 24,0 cm
Sprache Englisch