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Special Issue "Flood Risk Assessments: Applications and Uncertainties"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Andres Diez-Herrero

Geological Hazards Division, Geological Survey of Spain (IGME), Ríos Rosas 23, E-28003 Madrid, Spain
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Interests: Flood Risk Analysis, Natural Hazards Mitigation, Flood Hydrology, Paleohydrology, Dendrogeomorphology, Fluvial Geomorphology, Landscape and Urban Planning
Guest Editor
Dr. Julio Garrote

Department of Geodynamics, Stratigraphy and Paleontology, Complutense University of Madrid, E-28040 Madrid, Spain
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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

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, a considerable volume of technical literature has been published on flood hazard analysis, and more recently on flood vulnerability and resilience. Nevertheless, there is still a shortage of scientific studies and practical experience of real flood risk assessment (both social and economic), including hazard, exposure and vulnerability analyses and their integration. As there are so few references available, applications of flood risk assessment to the design of preventive measures and early warning systems, landscape and urban planning, civil protection, insurance systems, and risk-based information and education, cannot reach their full potential development. This is because the research products available, such as hazard data and maps, do not serve to ensure the efficient prioritization of mitigation measures or communities at risk. Meanwhile, floods are the natural disaster that causes the greatest losses on a global scale, and due to climate change this situation is expected to continue.

The overall objective of this Special Issue is to improve our knowledge of data sources, methodologies and results, especially in analyses on a regional and local scale, from real flood risk assessments around the world. The final aim is to offer flood risk managers new tools, data and maps to improve risk mitigation, both preventive and corrective. Uncertainty analysis and its application to the process of flood risk analysis is of particular interest. Contributions to this Special Issue, showing successful experiences of flood risk analysis and applications, will undoubtedly be of considerable value both in an academic context and for flood risk managers. A wide variety of topics will be covered including: flood risk data sources; techniques and methodologies for flood risk analysis; cost–benefit analysis; flood risk mapping and cartographic representation of uncertainties; fields for the application of flood risk assessments; flood risk analysis calibrations; low-cost flood risk analysis in developing countries; or the interaction of fluvial and coastal processes in the flood risk of coastal regions.

Prof. Andres Diez-Herrero
Dr. Julio Garrote
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Flood Risk Assessment
  • Flood Risk Mapping
  • Risk Uncertainties Propagation
  • Flood Mitigation Measures
  • Flood cost-benefit index
  • Flood Risk Calibration

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.

Extreme Flood Peaks and Volumes for the Linth Basin (Glarus, Switzerland): A Framework to Consider Sources of Uncertainty

Zappa, J. Surber, N. Andres, P. Kienzler, M. Gächter and J. Walcher


A proposal Framework for Flood Risk Assessment in Cultural Heritage Sites, Application to Castilla & Leon region (Central Spain)

Julio Garrote, Andrés Díez Herrero and Cristina Escudero


Can the Quality of the Flood Potential Risk Maps Be Evaluated? A Study Case of Flood Social Risk in Central Spain

Julio Garrote, Ignacio Gutierrez and Andrés Díez Herrero


Use of Hazard and Flood Risk Maps in Flood Risk Management: A Case Study in the Ebro Basin (Spain)

Eduardo Lastrada, Guillermo Cobos, Francisco Javier Torrijo, Javier Sánchez and Marisa Moreno


Application of Global Sensitivity Analysis to The Validation of Vulnerability Indexes: A Case of Study

Estefanía Aroca-Jiménez* and José María Bodoque


Fuzzy risk analysis of dam overtopping for snowmelt flood in the inconsistent case in the Manas River Basin, China

Fulong Chen *, Kuan Yang, Chaofei He, Zhijun Zhang, Aihua Long

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