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Understanding and Managing Floods: an Interdisciplinary Challenge

Floods are among the most devastating natural (and sometimes human-produced) threats on earth, accounting for an annual flood damage over $100 billion. The risk at which people are exposed depends on many factors: the type of flood events, their magnitude, how frequently they occur, the susceptibility of the people and their properties to be adversely affected, and their preparedness in the emergency situations caused by floods. The scope of this collection is to review the recent research on understanding all these factors of flood risk and on managing it, accounting for the ongoing changes in society, landscape and climate. The collection is organized in four parts : (1) Theorizing Flooding, i.e., what are the theoretical frameworks that define floods and flood risk from the physical and social perspectives; (2) The Evidence Base, i.e., what is the current understanding on flood processes and how data can be used to improve it; (3) Forecasting Floods, i.e., what are the flood forecasting methods and how are they implemented at different spatial scales; and (4) Flood management, i.e., what can be done to reduce hazard and vulnerability and to increase resilience to flooding.

Theorizing Flooding

Floods and societies: the spatial distribution of water‐related disaster risk and its dynamics
Opinion
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Published Online: Jan 17 2014
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1015
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Toward a theoretical framework for integrated modeling of hydrological change
Overview
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Published Online: Jul 24 2014
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1038
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Understanding the roles of modernity, science, and risk in shaping flood management
Advanced Review
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Published Online: Mar 03 2015
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1075
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On return period and probability of failure in hydrology
Primer
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Published Online: Feb 20 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1340
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Causative classification of river flood events
Advanced Review
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Published Online: May 26 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1353
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The Evidence Base

Increasing river floods: fiction or reality?
Overview
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Published Online: Mar 11 2015
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1079
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Bivariate return periods and their importance for flood peak and volume estimation
Overview
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Published Online: Sep 04 2016
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1173
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Flood frequency analysis: The Bayesian choice
Primer
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Published Online: Apr 30 2018
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1290
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Interpreting historical, botanical, and geological evidence to aid preparations for future floods
Overview
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Published Online: Sep 24 2018
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1318
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Forensic analysis of flash flood response
Primer
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Published Online: Feb 07 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1338
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Forecasting Floods

Automation and human expertise in operational river forecasting
Overview
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Published Online: Jun 21 2016
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1163
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Continental and global scale flood forecasting systems
Overview
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Published Online: Feb 27 2016
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1137
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Generating synthetic rainfall with geostatistical simulations
Advanced Review
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Published Online: Jan 18 2017
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1199
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Commercial microwave link networks for rainfall observation: Assessment of the current status and future challenges
Advanced Review
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Published Online: Feb 16 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1337
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Flood Management: Hazard, Vulnerability and Resilience

Incorporation and application of resilience in the context of water‐sensitive urban design: linking European and Australian perspectives
Overview
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Published Online: Jan 29 2014
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1017
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Testing the impact of at‐source stormwater management on urban flooding through a coupling of network and overland flow models
Focus Article
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Published Online: Mar 20 2015
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1078
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Flood insurance in the UK: a critical perspective
Opinion
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Published Online: Aug 24 2015
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1104
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Natural flood management
Primer
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Published Online: Apr 11 2017
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1211
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Evolutionary leap in large‐scale flood risk assessment needed
Opinion
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Published Online: Dec 29 2017
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1266
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Pluvial flood risk and opportunities for resilience
Overview
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Published Online: Jul 17 2018
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1302
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Critical infrastructure and flood resilience: Cascading effects beyond water
Overview
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Published Online: Jul 16 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1370
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