Climate change and flood risk management

Guest Editors

Professor David Proverbs, Birmingham City University, UK

Dr Gustava Nagy, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay

Dr Artie W. Ng, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

There is compelling evidence that climate change may lead to increases in heavy rainfall and significantly increased risks from fluvial and surface flooding. Rising sea levels may also lead to further increase the risk of flooding and erosion along coastlines. This special issue will explore the implications of a changing climate to the challenges associated with managing the risks of flooding. The issue will consider the risks, approaches to adaptation and mitigation as well as actions to improve our readiness for flooding in the short and long term. How we can reduce the impacts and the consequent costs and disruption to communities, businesses and our economy will also be considered. The effects of climate change on flood risk in urban, rural and coastal communities as well as in developed and developing regions will be explored. With the increased importance of resilience in modern approaches to flood risk management, contributions that incorporate the complexities and uncertainties of a changing climate and extreme weather will be most welcome. By design the issue will incorporate multi and interdisciplinary perspectives from scholars located in all regions and with expertise in disciplines including engineering, computer science, design, social sciences, natural sciences, hydrology, health and business.

Indicative list of anticipated themes

  • Adaptive and flexible flood risk strategies
  • Assessment and modelling of changes in flood risk due to climate change
  • Flood damage assessment and estimation in a changing climate
  • Social and health implications of increased flood risk due to climate change
  • Short and long-term strategies to address projected risks to people, communities and buildings Opportunities for delivering more nature based solutions to flood management in a changing climate Integrated approaches to flood risk management in support of multiple climate friendly benefits Governance and policy implications including regulatory responses
  • Financial and economic issues associated with increasing risk of flooding
  • Resilience in the face of increased flooding
  • Exploring the linkages between flooding and drought
  • Effectiveness of structural and non-structural measures to cope with flood impacts
  • Emergency warning and response to flooding in a changing climate
  • Insurance and risk financing
  • Maintaining and retrofitting flood defence assets
  • Risk analysis in the light of climate related hazards
  • Designing for flood risk management in an uncertain climate
  • Climate change projections and flood risk assessment
  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting on climate change risks

Expressions of interest, consisting of a 250 words abstract with the full contact details of the authors, should be sent to: [email protected].

The deadlines are as follows:

Abstract submission deadline: 20th April 2021

Papers submission: 20th June 2021


The Editorial Team