Special Issue "Recent Advances in Flood Hazard and Risk Science"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Hydraulics and Hydrodynamics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Julio Garrote
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Guest Editor
Department of Geodynamics, Stratigraphy and Paleontology, Complutense University of Madrid, E-28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: flood hazard; flood risk analysis; flood modelling; fluvial geomorphology; flash floods; LiDAR and photogrametry DEMS; PaleoFloods modelling; fluvial and terrain morphometry; beach and dune system erosion; coastal and shoreline process
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Dr. Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva
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Guest Editor
Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics (IDYST), University of Lausanne, Geopolis, UNIL-Mouline, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Interests: fluvial geomorphology; flood dynamics; bio-morphodynamics; eco-morphology; cascade processes; instream large wood dynamics; frequency and magnitude of extreme events; flood hazard; risk analysis
Dr. Andres Diez-Herrero
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Guest Editor
Geological Hazards Division, Geological Survey of Spain (IGME), Ríos Rosas 23, E-28003 Madrid, Spain
Interests: flood risk analysis; natural hazards mitigation; flood hydrology; paleohydrology; dendrogeomorphology; fluvial geomorphology; landscape and urban planning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Flood hazard and risk science has undergone a revolution over the past decade, driven by the dramatically growing capabilities for monitoring and modelling Earth processes. Data are increasingly available from the extensive use of unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with different sensors, ground-based imagery, the development of active remote-sensing techniques such as light detection and ranging (LiDAR), photogrammetry, or the availability of high-resolution satellite data. Moreover, there has been a rise in computational competence thanks to the development of complex and more accurate meteorological, hydrological and hydraulic models and packages, specifically designed for statistical and topographical analyses and data visualization. In addition, river management, and hence flood risk management, are shifting, from traditional flood protection using hard defenses only, towards a more holistic approach, by encouraging flood prevention, adaptation, and recovery, together with the conservation and restoration of river ecosystem services. This change in approach represents a paradigm shift, that needs to deal with the threat pose by climate change and global warming. Therefore, there is an urgent need to adapt and develop new methods and techniques to properly face the challenges of this new era.

We welcome scientific contributions in this domain, including (but not restricted to): theoretical and applied developments of hydrologic and hydrodynamic modelling including morphodynamics; post-event surveys; floods and related processes monitoring; flood frequency analysis; data mining and machine learning tools for hazard, exposure and vulnerability analysis; social networks and big data analysis for risk analysis and model calibration; palaeohydrology and geochronological dating techniques; geographical information systems; risk perception, risk communication, and dissemination.

Dr. Julio Garrote
Dr. Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva
Dr. Andres Diez-Herrero
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Flood hazard analysis
  • Flood risk analysis
  • Flood exposure analysis
  • Flood vulnerability analysis
  • Resilience
  • Remote sensing
  • Hydrologic models
  • Hydraulic models
  • Flood frequency analysis
  • Flood maps

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Flood Hazard Assessment and Management from Public Available Global DEMs, Strengths and Weaknesses from the Results Obtained in the City of Mocuba (Mozambique)
Authors: Julio Garrote; Hélio V. Nganhane
Affiliation: Department of Geodynamics, Stratigraphy and Paleontology, Complutense University of Madrid, E-28040 Madrid, Spain

Title: Avulsion River Events Dynamics from Lichen Ages in the Boulder Channel of Venero Claro Basin (Central Spain)
Authors: Raúl Pérez; Julio Garrote; Andrés Díez-Herrero; Daniel Vázquez
Affiliation: Geological Hazards Division, Geological Survey of Spain (IGME), Ríos Rosas 23, E-28003 Madrid, Spain

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